Japanese Prints Abroad in Portland: The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection

September 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Whitsell Auditorium (Please use the Hoffman (side) Entrance)

PLEASE NOTE: This lecture is still taking place even though the Museum is closing at 4 p.m.

Jeannie Kenmotsu, Ph.D., Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, Portland Art Museum

Japanese woodblock prints were met with an enthusiastic audience abroad in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. In Europe and the United States, tens of thousands of prints were bought and sold, exhibitions and record-breaking auctions staged, and a new passion kindled for private collectors. Most of what we know about early American print collecting has been focused on the East Coast—donations that were the basis for the world-class museum collections in Boston, New York, and Chicago. Lesser-known but just as significant was the donation of the Mary Andrews Ladd collection of Japanese prints to the Portland Art Museum in 1932. Drawing on the Museum’s archives, period records, and the collection itself, this lecture will explore this transformational gift of nearly 750 Edo-period (1603–1868) woodblock prints, and expand the story of early Japanese print collecting in the United States.

Co-sponsored by the Asian Art Council.

Admission to this lecture free. Advanced tickets recommended.

Advanced tickets


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Utagawa Kunisada, Actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII Making his Debut Perfomance of Shibaraku, 1832.
Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864), Actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII Making his Debut Perfomance of Shibaraku, 1832, color woodblock print with metallic pigments on paper; surimono, The Mary Andrews Ladd Collection, public domain, 32.650