Shofuso and
Modernism

The Architecture and Design of George Nakashima, Antonin and Noémi Raymond, and Junzo Yoshimura

Distinctive architecture, working with a close connection to land and nature, centered by a deep respect for the architecture and craft traditions of Japan, as well as the early buildings and landscapes of Pennsylvania — this was the common ground for a tight-knit circle of artists and architects who expanded the parameters of modernism in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Shofuso and Modernism focuses on the artistic interconnections between renowned woodworker and architect George Nakashima, the husband and wife design team of Antonin Raymond and Noémi Pernessin Raymond, along with Junzo Yoshimura — the first in a line of Japanese architects to find success in both Japan and in the United States.

Exhibition

02 Sept. – 29 Nov. 2020

Presented in one of Yoshimura's pivotal works, Shofuso — the Japanese House and Garden in Philadelphia, completed in 1954 — this exhibition features original furniture and textile designs, documentary film, and an installation of newly commissioned photography, to explore this circle's connections with Japan and the translation of those experiences into design and built architectural work in the Philadelphia region during the middle years of the twentieth century. Together, their environmentally and culturally sensitive design philosophies resonated globally and continue to influence architecture and design today.

 
Staff portrait of the Raymond Architecture Design Office in Tokyo, 1935
 
Raymond Farm, New Hope, Pennsylvania (1939-41), Antonin Raymond and Noémi Pernessin Raymond
 
Raymond Farm, New Hope, Pennsylvania (1939-41), Antonin Raymond and Noémi Pernessin Raymond
 
Raymond Farm, New Hope, Pennsylvania (1939-41), Antonin Raymond and Noémi Pernessin Raymond
 
Raymond Farm, New Hope, Pennsylvania (1939-41), Antonin Raymond and Noémi Pernessin Raymond
 
Nakashima Studios, New Hope (1947-77), George Nakashima
 
Nakashima Studios, New Hope (1947-77), George Nakashima
 
Nakashima Studios, New Hope (1947-77), George Nakashima
 
Nakashima Studios, New Hope (1947-77), George Nakashima
 
Shofuso, Japanese House & Garden, Philadelphia (1951-57), Junzo Yoshimura
 
Shofuso, Japanese House & Garden, Philadelphia (1951-57), Junzo Yoshimura
 
Shofuso, Japanese House & Garden, Philadelphia (1951-57), Junzo Yoshimura
 
Shofuso, Japanese House & Garden, Philadelphia (1951-57), Junzo Yoshimura

Programs

Thurs. 17 Sept. 2020

Lecture "Found in Translation" by Ken Tadashi Oshima
6pm–7:30pm, online

Saturdays 26 Sept. – 14 Nov. 2020

Guided tours of Raymond Farm, New Hope
1pm & 2:30pm, at Raymond Farm

Fri. 9 Oct. 2020

Online documentary film launch discussion with
Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib
6pm–7:30pm, online

Sat./Sun. 10 & 11, 17 & 18 Oct. 2020

Design Philly Curator Gallery Walk
10am–11am, at Shofuso

Tues. 20 Oct. 2020

Photographer Elizabeth Fellicella in conversation
with curator William Whitaker
6pm–7:30pm, online

Tues. 18 Nov. 2020

Modern Japanese Architecture and Design in America: with Cynthia Altman, William Whitaker, Yukie Kamiya and Kim Andrews
Organized by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Time: TBD, online

Major support for Shofuso and Modernism has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from: William Penn Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund, Temple University, Temple University Japan, Design Philadelphia, PHL Philadelphia International Airport, Holt Logistics, Mizuho, and Morgan Lewis. Organized by Japan America Society with exhibition partners Nakashima Woodworkers, Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design, and Ueyakato Landscape.

Shofuso and
Modernism