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Lecture: Seen and Unseen—Japan’s Postwar Women Printmakers

Thur, May 16 | 6:00–7:00



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Yoshida Fujio

Jeannie Kenmotsu, curator of Asian Art at the Portland Art Museum, discusses the resurgence of printmaking in postwar Japan and the women artists who rose with it.

In the postwar period of the 20th century, Japanese printmaking experienced a revival fueled by enthusiastic foreign collectors, new commercial galleries, and a talented young generation. Printing on blocks, plates, and stones, women artists were among those drawn to the expressive potential of the medium in the early 1950s. Today, however, many of their stories are unknown—despite the fact that their work is widely held in North American institutions and private collections. This lecture illuminates the women artists who forged ahead in creative new ways, both in and outside of the studio.

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Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D., is the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, Oregon). She is a specialist in the art of early modern Japan, with a focus on painting, illustrated books, and prints. Other interests include contemporary Asian art, the international reception of Japanese prints, and creative practices of the Japanese diaspora. Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Japan Foundation, and Blakemore Foundation, among others. She is a senior fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and serves on the board of the Japanese Art Society of America.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum.

In accordance with state and City of Chicago guidelines, visitors to the museum are no longer required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination. Anyone who would like to continue to wear a mask is welcome to do so. Learn more about our visiting policies and what to expect.

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