Respecting the past, Building the future


The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City has appointed a new director: Brett Littman, the current director of the Drawing Center. He will take over the job in May, succeeding Jenny Dixon, who retired after 15 years at the helm.

The Noguchi Museum is an important component of the Astoria waterfront. It builds upon a long local tradition of stonework, which was a dominant local industry for many years. This is why the famous Japanese-American sculpture Isama Noguchi, chose to locate his studio here, which is now a renowned Museum of Sculpture. While still primarily exhibiting Mr. Noguchi’s works, today they have expanded to include the works of other renowned artists. An exhibit currently on display, a retrospective of the Uruguayan-American sculptor Gonzalo Fonseca, was named a Times Critic’s Pick

Mr. Littman has led the Drawing Center for 10 years, and oversaw a a $10 million renovation and expansion that revamped the facility.

One of his goals is to assure that the legacy of Isama Noguchi withstands the test of time, and he secures his position within the modern art world.

Noguchi Museum Photo credit: Jackie Strawbridge

Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.

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