What is Organic Architecture? Organic architecture is an approach to design that focuses on natural surroundings and sustainability, promoting harmony between human habitation and the natural world. First coined by Frank Lloyd Wright, Organic Architecture limits its infringement upon nature by coexisting alongside it, blending as seamlessly as possible into the surroundings. The current exhibition at the Noguchi Museum in NY – In Praise of Caves: Organic Architecture Projects from Mexico by Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman and Javier Senosian, explores examples of this discipline by these highly esteemed visionaries from Mexico.
Featured image: Javier Senosian’s – El Nido de Quetzalcóatl, (1998–2007), 2007. Model fabricated by Enrique Cabrera Espinosa de los Monteros. Mixed media
The show is a combination of archival photographs, sculptures, paintings and architectural models all in service to their intended surroundings, re-imagining how structures can be created and envisioned. The four Mexican artists as part of the Organic Architecture ‘movement’, emphasized their ideas through modern designs informed by the unique Mexican landscape. This aesthetic is also connected to the environment by incorporating Mexican history and culture into their designs rather than being overshadowed by the architectural techniques they learned in the US and Europe. They all shared Isamu Noguchi’s wide-ranging vision of art and architecture and how they relate to surrounding spaces in the natural world.
Noguchi Musem – In Praise of Caves: Organic Architecture Projects from Mexico by Carlos Lazo, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O’Gorman and Javier Senosian, on view through February 26, 2023. 718.204.7088
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