Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965

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Southwest Portland
When
May 9–Nov. 8, 2020
Days vary, Times vary
Cost: Included With Museum Admission
Where
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

In October 1956, a vibrant group of contemporary etchings, relief prints, and lithographs went on display in a Tokyo gallery. This was the debut exhibition of Japan’s first printmaking society for women artists, the Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, or the Women’s Print Association. It provided a crucial vehicle for talented female printmakers working in a crowded field of male maestros. For the next decade, the nine professional women artists who founded the society would continue to stage exhibitions of their work—culminating in a triumphant show in New York City in 1965—before going on to pursue successful solo careers. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection and important private collections, this exhibition unearths a critical, dynamic, and understudied episode of modern printmaking history.

This exhibition presents a timely look at the careers of the group’s founding members. Many of the works by these female printmakers are now extremely rare. Only a few of the artists, mostly in their 90s, are alive today. Yet their collective body of work is as diverse as it is visually captivating. In Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965, works by artists like Iwami Reika (b. 1927), Kobayashi Donge (b. 1926), Nonaka Yuri (b. 1938), Uchima Toshiko (1918–2000), and Yoshida Chizuko (1924–2017) demonstrate the expansive and fiercely creative vision of Japan’s first women printmakers association.

Curated by Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D., Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art and Interim Head of Asian Art. Major support provided by the Japan Foundation

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