Fancy tea with artist Tom Sachs?
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Apr 05, 2016 | 8602 views | 0 0 comments | 170 170 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tom Sachs cutting Con Ed laminate into cubes for use as charcoal briquettes. Photo: Genevieve Hanson.
Tom Sachs cutting Con Ed laminate into cubes for use as charcoal briquettes. Photo: Genevieve Hanson.
Fans of artist Tom Sachs or his colleague Johnny Fogg, a trained tea-ceremony aficionado, will be able to join either of them for intimate tea ceremonies as part of Sach’s latest exhibition at The Noguchi Museum entitled “Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony.”

The exhibit, which is Sachs’ extension of his ongoing project “Space Program,” is the first displayed by another artist besides Isamu Noguchi, who the museum is named after. Sachs is well known for his ability to create working art completely comprised of random materials and objects. The tea ceremonies will be no different.

Using myriad elements crafted by Sachs and his studio, he will interpret the traditional service in his own compelling way. Other materials related to the traditional Japanese ceremony and “Space Program” will surround the tea ceremony space.

“The exhibition, which represents Sachs’ distinctive, irreverent-but-respectful take on the rituals and accoutrements of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony, confirms his status as one of the leading artists of our day,” said a statement from the museum.

Sachs has arranged a tea house in the gardens of the museum. The space is accessorized with variations of lantern gates, a wash basin, a koi pond, a plywood airplane lavatory and a bronze bonsai made up of over 3,600 welded parts.

He also created an alternative material culture of tea, ditching traditional objects for things such as a motorized tea whisk, an electronic brazier and a shot clock.

The ceremonies will act as a part of the overall exhibition. The walls of the tea house will be removed on the occasions of the tea ceremonies so that museum visitors could watch the traditional rituals.

Each tea ceremony will consist of Sachs or Fogg as well as two to three guests. While spaces are limited, those wanting to take part in the ceremony could apply to be a guest. Guests will be chosen based on a lottery system on the day of each ceremony.

However, each applicant must be present at the museum on the day, checking-in one hour prior to the service. The application process also includes a requirement to watch three of Sachs’ films. Each application process closes one week prior to the date of the particular ceremony.

The dates with Fogg includes Saturday, April 30, Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, May 22. There will be two tea ceremonies taking place on each day, one at noon and the other at 3:30 p.m.

Those wishing to join Sachs will only have two opportunities to do so. Sach’s ceremonies will be taking place on Saturday, April 23 at 3 p.m. and on Saturday, June 25 at 3 p.m. There are more tea ceremonies anticipated for Fogg following this first round of tea ceremonies, but those dates for June and July will be announced in a few weeks.
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