A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints
Location: Japan Society, New York
Date: June 2017
Curators: Asato Ikeda
Services Provided: Exhibition Design, Construction and Fabrication Documents, Color Specs
Excerpt from Japan Society Press Release:
“A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints is the first exhibition in North America devoted to the portrayal of wakashu, or beautiful youths—a “third gender” occupying a distinct position in the social and sexual hierarchy of Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868). Featuring over 65 woodblock prints, as well as paintings, luxury objects and personal ornaments, A Third Gender illuminates the richness of lived experience in Edo society, where complex rules governed gender constructs. This groundbreaking exhibition offers a critical artistic and historical context for gender performance and sexual expression, topics that are particularly resonant within society today."