Japan Foundation, New York’s Lecture Series Continues with a Look at Women Printmakers

Japan’s Women Printmakers: Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965

Thursday, August 5 at 6:00 p.m. EDT

YouTube Live

Admission: Free

The fifth session of The Japan Foundation, New York’s Illuminating Japanese Studies lecture series will take place this Thursday, August 5 on JFNY’s YouTube channel. “Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965: Japan’s Women Printmakers” features JF Former Fellow Jeannie Kenmotsu. This lecture focuses on the exhibition project Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965: Japan’s Women Printmakers, which recently closed at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon. Exhibition curator Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D., will discuss the careers of five of the group’s original founding members and consider why this important collective has never received the critical attention it deserves.

Dr. Chiaki Ajioka will moderate a live Q&A following the discussion. JFNY encourages attendees to send questions via Eventbrite. To register, please visit JFNY’s Eventbrite page.

About Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D.

Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D., is the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art at the Portland Art Museum. Her research focuses on the art of early modern Japan, particularly the relationship between printed color, painting, and natural history in the 18th century. Other interests include contemporary Asian art, the illustrated book, and the international postwar reception of modern Japanese prints.

Kenmotsu is a Senior Fellow with the Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (Rare Book School, University of Virginia). She received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Japan Foundation Fellow in 2012-2013. Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Japan Foundation, and Blakemore Foundation, among others.

About Dr. Chiaki Ajioka

Dr. Chiaki Ajioka is a freelance Japanese art historian specializing in 20th century Japanese craft and modern prints. She works as Japanese art consultant for private clients and public institutions in collection research, translating, contributing essays, and giving lectures and talks. Her special interest is in cross-cultural and transnational interactions in art.

From 1992 she worked as the assistant curator of Asian art, then the inaugural curator of Japanese art, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney until 2003. Between 2004 and 2008 she taught Japanese art as a casual lecturer at the University of Sydney. Her current major project is Global Mingei: transnational dialogue on the beauty of folk crafts.

About The Japan Foundation, New York’s Illuminating Japanese Studies Lecture Series

Since the fellowship program started in 1972, there have been more than 1,000 American Japan Foundation Fellowship recipients who study a diverse range of research topics, from pre-modern history to pop culture and everything in between. This series illuminates what exactly Japanese Studies can teach us, not only about Japan but about the world. For more information about the Fellowship and Japan Foundation, New York, please visit JFNY’s website.

To view the recordings of all the lectures in the series, please visit Japan Foundation, New York’s YouTube channel.