Exhibition Listing 839
In many societies, gender has been defined according to a binary framework based on biological sex. However, in Edo-period Japan (1603-1868) several additional factors were taken into account, including age and appearance. Fundamental to this structure were attractive male youths termed wakashu: neither men nor women, wakashu constituted (in modern parlance) a distinct “third gender,” occupying their own place within the social hierarchy.
Originally organized by the Royal Ontario Museum, A Third Gender is the first exhibition in North America to focus on the portrayal of wakashu in Japanese art, shedding light on the complex rules which governed gender constructs during the Edo period. Featuring over 65 woodblock prints, as well as paintings, luxury objects, and personal ornaments, this groundbreaking exhibition offers a critical artistic and historical context for topics that are particularly resonant within contemporary society, including gender performance and sexual expression.
In conjunction with A Third Gender, Japan Society Gallery will organize a host of exhibition-related programs including lecutres, workshops, and social events. Please visit www.japansociety.org for up-to-date information.
Admission: $12/$10 students and seniors
Free admission Friday evenings 6-9 pm
Free for Japan Society members!
Group tours for organizations and school groups are available with two weeks advance notice. Please call (212) 715-1224 to schedule a group tour.