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Notes on the Exhibition: 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). Please note this exhibition contains explicit materials. Young visitors should be accompanied by an adult.
[Gallery Film Screening & Artist Talk] Mar. 31 at 7 pm
Explore the lives of the quiet radicals of contemporary Japan's LGBTQ culture with an exclusive preview of this much anticipated documentary-in-progress by filmmaker Graham Kolbeins. Footage screened this evening has been specially selected by the director to focus on transgender expressions in Japan, bringing the history revealed in A Third Gender up to the present day.
Burrow into the tortuous mind of controversial Japanese author Yukio Mishima with this tale of homoerotic desire, manipulation and revenge. Widely thought to be autobiographical, the novel follows aging writer Shunsuke, embittered by years of rejection, as he instructs his handsome, unhappily engaged protégé Yuichi in the skill of making the world his plaything, leading to an erotic downward spiral into the gay underworld of postwar Japan. With Professor J. Keith Vincent, Chair, World Languages & Literatures, Boston University.
Master the art of discernment with this special workshop on selecting and collecting shunga and abuna-e, traditional Japanese erotic prints. Collector Louis Forster shares his secrets for identifying fine-quality examples and discusses with leading specialists his interest in this often misunderstood art form.