Organized by the Noguchi Museum, the exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs' distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony - including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. Sachs has also produced a complete alternative material culture of Tea - from bowls and ladles, scroll paintings and vases, to a motorized tea whisk, a shot clock, and an electronic brazier. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds.
Supplementing the tea garden are additional installations covering consummate examples of Sachs' Tea tools, a brief history of Tea as it developed out of Sachs' Space Program 2.0: MARS, and a selection of objects from the artist's two decade–long career as a cultural hybridizer and devotee of modernist essentialism.
Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony is accompanied by a 280-page artist's book, Tea Ceremony Manual, documenting the artist's culture and practice of Tea. Produced for the exhibition and published by The Noguchi Museum, with additional support from Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Nasher Sculpture Center.