New books (and a documentary) from Oxy alumni and faculty,
and honors for Professor Amy Lyford
Honors for Lyford's Noguchi Study
Art history and visual arts professor Amy Lyford's groundbreaking book on the early career of Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi has been awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art.
Jurors for the annual $3,000 prize called Isamu Noguchi's Modernism: Negotiating Race, Labor, and Nation, 1930-1950 (University of California Press) "beautifully written … This pioneering book will change how we think about Noguchi, modernist sculpture, and American art."
Lyford—who wrote her master's thesis on Noguchi at Boston University—began work in earnest on the book in 2005, drawing on archival resources ranging from images of Noguchi in his studio to never-before-seen documents from his FBI file to illuminate his artistic practice as well as his activism.