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A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints
March 10-June 11, 2017

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.

This exhibition was originally organized by the Royal Ontario Museum.

Hosoda Eisui (active 1790-1823), Wakashu with a Shoulder Drum (detail), woodblock print, vertical ōban nishiki-e, Royal Ontario Museum 926.18.701, Sir Edmund Walker Collection.

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