The art and the building here are the work of eponymous Japanese-American sculptor, furniture designer and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi, and both exude a Zen-like sensibility. Displayed in bare brick and concrete galleries and an outdoor rock garden, the artist's abstract stone sculptures are a meditation on the struggle between nature and the man-made world.
The building itself was once a photo-engraving plant, located across the street from Noguchi's studio. Art aside, the space also hosts a small cafe and gift shop, the latter stocking Noguchi-designed lamps and furniture, as well as a small range of other mid-20th-century design pieces. The museum is a 10-block walk from the subway stop; there’s also a shuttle bus (one way/round-trip $5/10) going four times each Sunday from the northeast corner of E 70th St and Park Ave in Manhattan. See the website for times.