Isamu Noguchi's curvy, biomorphic modern creations are not only more aesthetically accessible than ever, they're also ubiquitous at his eponymous museum in Queens, New York.

Polyvalence has become standard, if not essential, for the contemporary creative mind. Whether it is fashion designers doubling as photographers or atelier artisans or architects earning commissions for industrial design, contemporary expression is all about the mix. That was not the case in the 1930s, however. At the time, American-Japanese artist, Isamu Noguchi's blurred boundaries and elegant sampling of East and West artistry was considered unique. More than a century after his birth, the art world is only now properly gauging the scope of his vast contributions.

While Noguchi started sculpting in the early 20s — he trained with Brancusi in Paris in the 30s — and up to his death in 1988, it seemed he would be remembered most for his Akari lights and furniture. His sculpted, organic version of modernism penetrated a dizzying range of paradoxical forms including gardens, monuments, set designs, furniture and public parks. While the artist has been featured in large-scale museum shows in Spain, Germany and Japan in recent years, there is perhaps no better way to experience the breadth of his creative reach than at the museum he created in 1985 in Queens, New York - The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.

As one of the pioneers behind the area's metamorphosis into a thriving arts community, Noguchi set his museum in a former photo engraving plant amidst car repair shops and desolate streets. He designed the complex as an open-air sculpture garden with a building that houses ten galleries. The museum was designed to echo Noguchi's signature blend of soft biomorphic shapes and sleek industrial forms.

An intimate reflective environment in which to experience the whole of Noguchi's sculpture and design, the museum is the ultimate expression of the artist's oeuvre —exquisitely simple, eclectic and utterly inimitable. Plan ahead for the remarkable show slated for fall: 'The Imagery of Chess Revisited' includes twelve of the thirteen original chess sets exhibited in 1944 at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York, where 20th century artists such as Duchamp, Alexander Calder, Man Ray, André Breton, and Isamu Noguchi himself were asked to redesign the standard chess set or otherwise explore chess imagery in bold new ways.