Shofuso and Modernism Documentary Premiere

9 Oct 2020
6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event


Front row from left: Noemi Raymond, Junzo Yoshimura. Middle row third from the left: Antoni Raymond. Back row, fifth from the left: George Nakashima. On the roof of Raymond's office in Ginza, Tokyo, Japan in 1935. Photo courtesy of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. 

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia presents the virtual premiere of the documentary Shofuso and Modernism, a companion piece to its exhibition of the same name; now on display at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden located in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park.

The film features interviews with artists and scholars to provide deeper context for Shofuso’s architectural history and the collaborative relationships of the exhibition’s subjects: architect Junzo Yoshimura, Japanese American furniture designer George Nakashima, and European American architects and designers Antonin and Noémi Raymond.

The film includes personal interviews Mira Nakashima, designer and daughter of George Nakashima, and Charlotte Raymond, photographer, co-director of the Raymond Farm Center for Living Arts & Design, and granddaughter of Noémi and Antonin Raymond.

After the livestream screening, the evening will conclude with a discussion with filmmakers and Pew Fellows Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib of Greenhouse Media. After the premiere, the documentary will be available to view online at the exhibition website.