JASA: Live Zoom Webinar – Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965

November 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Zoom webinar

For the JASA November Zoom session, we are delighted to offer a special lecture by Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu, the Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art & Interim Head of Asian Art at the Portland Art Museum.

Presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, 1956–1965.

The 1950s and 60s in Japan saw printmaking thrive as an art form, propelled by a foreign audience’s enthusiasm for Sōsaku Hanga (Creative Prints). But few women were featured in exhibitions, publications, or the art societies that provided the critical infrastructure for professionals. Within this context emerged Japan’s first printmaking society for women artists, the Joryū Hanga Kyōkai, or the Women’s Print Association.

This exhibition is the first to introduce the work of this society as a collective. It focuses on the work of five of the nine original members: Iwami Reika (1927–2020), Kobayashi Donge (b. 1926), Minami Keiko (1911–2004), Uchima Toshiko (1918–2000), and Yoshida Chizuko (1924–2017), along with several members who joined in later years. This talk will explore the vibrant work of these artists and their pioneering contributions to modern printmaking history, and consider why this important collective has never received the critical attention it deserves.

Note: Advance registration is required for this event. Upon registration, you will receive a dedicated link to the program. Zoom will also send you a reminder one week before the event, one day before the event, as well as one hour prior to the event.

Register for the Nov 19 Zoom Webinar


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.

Yoshida Chizuko (Japanese, 1924-2017), Jam Masjid (detail), 1960, color woodblock print on paper, The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection.