Hans Noë in conversation with Lawrence Weschler, Chaim Goodman-Strauss, Alva Noë, and others
Tuesday, October 17 at 6:00 pm
Join Hans Noë, Lawrence Weschler, Chaim Goodman-Strauss, Alva Noë, and others in an engaging conversation about the life and artistry of Hans Noë, whose sculptural work is currently on display in Composite, the gallery at MoMath.
Hans Noë is a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor who may not be so much a hidden master as a hiding one. Over the past several decades, he has been compiling a remarkable body of mathematically flecked, geometrically confounding sculptural work in virtually complete secret. Hans was born in 1928 in Czernowitz, a town of 250,000 in Eastern Europe which saw most of its population of 140,000 Jews perish. After many harrowing years of subterfuge and hiding, often in plain sight, he arrived in New York City where he became a protégé of and assistant to Tony Smith, the eminent sculptor and architect. Though he had some success thereafter building homes for artists in the Hamptons during the fifties and early sixties, the deeply ingrained habit of never calling attention to himself worked somewhat against his success as an architect. After retiring, Hans built an exquisite house of his own up north along the Hudson River and started generating a singular collection of sculptures and maquettes. This show, curated by the veteran arts writer Lawrence Weschler, is the first time he is sharing this work with the public.
Thanks to David de Weese for his generosity in sponsoring this show.