Happy Birthday Noah!
On August 17th Noah turned 100 years old! In this, his centennial year, the Noah Purifoy Foundation will be working towards hosting a number of events that will commemorate his life and art. Please check back for more information. We will update this site as our plans take shape!
“...so, seeing and hearing about art should inspire people. Not to do art, or to understand it for that matter, but to look at a piece of work and sense the effort that went into it and hopefully be encouraged to go home and … this is one of my little sayings… do today what you could not do yesterday..." --Noah Purifoy
Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion
Noah's work "Pressure" has traveled to the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan for this two-part exhibition which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Rebellion. Outside on the grounds, Part I is devoted to the events that led up to the Detroit rebellion and it's aftermath. Part II is inside, and brings together over 40 national artists whose works illustrate the transformations that occur when communities rebel. On view until January 2, 2018.
Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement
A partner exhibition happening at the Detroit Institute of the Arts features artists working both collectively and individually to respond to political and social issues during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's and 70's. Open until October 22, 2017.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
This exhibition at the Tate Modern explores artwork created as a direct consequence of key historical moments in the U.S. beginning in 1963, the height of the Civil Rights movement. It covers a twenty year period of art by African American artists, including Noah Purifoy, that responds to these events in a wide variety of genres and sensibilites.
"Searing artistic responses to the agony of America’s racial struggle sit alongside powerful abstracts by forgotten artists. This compelling show puts the battle for civil rights in a brutal, brilliant new light..." Jonathan Jones writes for The Guardian
DESERT magazine: "What would Noah Purifoy do?"
Kristin Scharkey speaks with members of the Noah Purifoy Foundation Board of Directors about the difficulties of finding a balance between preserving Noah's Outdoor Museum while maintaining the integrity of the original artwork. "The work is always changing, and that's what Noah wanted to do... We are staying as true to that as possible." DESERT magazine, June 2017.
VoCA Journal dedicates its issue to the work of progresive artist-endowed foundations.
Contributors to this Fall 2016 issue include leaders from the Noah Purifoy, Jay DeFeo, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Dedalus foundations. The journal features two contributions from Richard Cándida Smith, the founding President of the Noah Purifoy Foundation. Read these fascinating insights at the article links below.
VoCA Journal: Art Is A Confrontation with A "Me" That Needs Improving
Historian Richard Cándida Smith recollects the beginnings of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, and his eventual position as the founding president of the Foundation. Smith recorded several interviews with Noah over the course of four years, and shares Noah's own feelings about the Foundation that was created in his name.
VoCA Journal: Multiple Theoretical Directions: The Noah Purifoy Foundation Today
Richard Cándida Smith served as President of the Noah Purifoy Foundation from its inception in 1998 until 2001., when Joseph Lewis succeeded him. Recently, the two sat down to discuss where the Foundation started, how it has evolved since then, and what's next on the horizon in this second contribution to the VoCA Journal.
The New York Times Magazine: "A Pilgrimage to the Desert Shrine of Noah Purifoy"
Photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier traveled to Noah Purifoy's Outdoor Desert Museum in Joshua Tree with her friend, the installation artist Abigail DeVille, whose own work is created from discarded materials. Frazier says. "When I saw Purifoy, I immediately saw Abiigail." Frazier and DeVille's pilgrimage to the Mojave Desert pays homage to Noah's work, and is chronicled in the October 30 issue of The New York Times Magazine..
Motherboard takes a photo tour of Noah Purifoy's desert museum
Naolmi Melati Bishop and photographer Aaron Purket take a photo tour of Purifoy's Outdoor Museum with a special focus on the "Junk Dada" electronic waste in the desert environment. Bishop describes Purifoy's work in the high desert terrain - one of striking contrasts and inclement weather: summer days soar above one-hundred-degrees, and winter nights plunge to below freezing.