A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6 – 7PM

March 10-June 11, 2017 Members Opening: March 9, 7:30 PM 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. Additional exhibition-related programming and events is forthcoming.