Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony

Exhibition Overview


Installation view, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, on view March 23 through July 24, 2016 at The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY., 2016

Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony presents Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. In the Nasher’s indoor galleries, Sachs will set a tea house in a garden accessorized with variations on lanterns, gates, a wash basin, a plywood airplane lavatory, a koi pond, an ultra HD video wall with the sublime hyper-presence of Mt. Fuji, a bronze bonsai made of over 3,600 individually welded parts, and other objects of use and contemplation, all made from commonplace materials easily procured at local art supply stores or through the McMaster-Carr hardware catalogue.

During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds.

Supplementing the tea garden are additional installations covering consummate examples of Sachs’ Tea tools, a brief history of Tea as it developed out of Sachs’ Space Program 2.0: MARS,and a selection of objects from the artist’s two decade–long career as a cultural hybridizer and devotee of modernist essentialism.

Exhibition Highlights


Installation view, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, on view March 23 through July 24, 2016 at The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY., 2016

Tom Sachs

Installation view, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, on view March 23 through July 24, 2016 at The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY., 2016
Exhibition Highlights
Installation view, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, on view March 23 through July 24, 2016 at The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY., 2016
© Tom Sachs

Tom Sachs

Installation view, Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, on view March 23 through July 24, 2016 at The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY., 2016
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