IT’S IMPOSSIBLE not to imagine a conversation between Isamu Noguchi and Jimmie Durham in “Museum of Stones.” The two artists, while separated by three and a half decades, share a near-mystical affinity for ascetic, stripped-down materialsspecifically, rocks. The show, which is accompanied by off-site programming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and a book featuring portraits of visitors and works within the museum by Tina Barney and Stephen Shore, marks the thirtieth anniversary of Noguchi’s namesake museum. It also fruitfullyand finallymoves beyond the occasional loan to bring a selection of contemporary art to the esteemed institution. Reflecting on Noguchi’s investment in the transhistorical and transculturalremember, he simultaneously hybridized stone culture from Japan, Mexico, China, and Italythe exhibition considers a broad swath of diachronic
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