Ikebana Artist Noritaka Noda at MAD

Noritaka Noda in Flower Craft

Tuesday, May 24 through Sunday, May 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Museum of Arts and Design – 2 Columbus Circle

Admission: $18 / $14 Seniors / $12 Students / Free to MAD members and children 18 and under
Tickets are half-price on Thursdays

President of the Ikenobo Ikebana NYC Chapter Noritaka Noda brings the Japanese school of Ikenobo to the Museum of Arts and Design.

Noritaka Noda at MAD

About the Flower Craft Exhibition

Noda’s work is part of MAD’s current exhibition Flower Craft.

The exhibition features the creative visions of six botanical artists working at the forefront of contemporary floral design. Inspired by nature’s ephemerality and its inimitable palettes, the artists engage with all stages of the plant life cycle, from seed to germination to decay, to interpret nature in sculptural form.

“By design, floral artistry is meant to be more than pleasing to the eye,” said Elissa Auther, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator. “As the artists expand the boundaries of materials and creative expression, they are also in dialogue with a variety of aesthetic traditions, from early modern European still life painting to the eighteenth-century picturesque to the hyperreality of the twenty-first-century digital realm—all of which will be explored in the exhibition.”

Each week MAD features a new botanical artist in the Flower Craft gallery. Noda is the featured artist this week, from Tuesday, May 24 through Sunday, May 29.

Alongside the ever-changing floral installations that are the heart of Flower Craft, there will be a curated selection of vessels in a range of mediums, complementing the emphasis on the craft and design of flower arrangement. Artists in this section of the exhibition include Emily Mullins and Jolie Ngo, as well as a video by Cauleen Smith. Titled Flowers for Virtually Nobody, Smith filmed it during the pandemic while she creates an arrangement that grows ever larger over the duration of the piece in commemoration of those lost to Covid-19. For the full schedule of artists and studio classes, please visit MAD’s website.

Noritaka Noda at MAD

About the Designer

Noritaka Noda is president of the Ikenobo Ikebana NYC Chapter, as well as the first and only US special professor recognized by the Ikenobo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. Noda studied graphic design in Japan and in the United States. Inspired by the use of dried flowers in his projects, he became interested in designing with fresh floral materials, leading to his study of Japanese floral design (ikebana) and western floral design in New York and Japan. As a professor of ikebana, he conducts demonstrations and teaches classes at The Nippon Club.

Noda is known for his unusual arrangements, which combine traditional and modern materials in different scales. His clientele includes American and Japanese corporations, restaurants, retail stores, and museums. For more information, please visit Noda’s website.

MAD’s Bee Residency

The exhibition also coincides with MAD’s first-ever “bee residency,” newly installed on the Museum roof. Two hives are now homes for “Queen Aileen,” after the industrious founder of MAD, Aileen Osborn Webb, and “Queen Toshiko Takaezu,” named for the famed female ceramic artist and dedicated supporter of MAD. The queens are attended by a mob of drones to keep them warm, pollinate, and make honey.