The little-known partnership between Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham resides in a comfortable realm of reciprocal invention: art as an extension of art. Graham, born to a strict Presbyterian family in Pittsburgh in 1894, is widely considered the mother of modern dance; she revolutionized the physical vocabulary of the art form, translating primal human expression into movement and exploring the beauty of body language. A renegade and a pioneer—her influence is comparable to that of Picasso over the course of This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Four Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 46 Puff Piece On inflatable art. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Hannah Traore The art world's next big thing is a gallerist. Arts & Culture Issue 43 The Sellout On the moral maze of art and money. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Last Night What did Planningtorock do with their evening? Arts & Culture Issue 43 Signal Boost How status anxiety drives culture. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Dream House The rise of renderporn.