Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia Programs

17 Sep - 18 Nov 2020
Various Locations


Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella, courtesy of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. 

In a series of programs, scholars, curators, and artists elaborate on the historical significance and cultural impacts of the central figures in the exhibition Shofuso and Modernism: Mid-Century Collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia

Presented by Japan America Society of Greater PhiladelphiaShofuso and Modernism celebrates the relationships and cross-cultural collaborations of architect Junzo Yoshimura, Japanese American furniture designer George Nakashima, and European American architects and designers Antonin and Noémi Raymond. The exhibition is on view from September 2 through December 1, 2020, at the historic house and garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park. 


  • Lecture "Found in Translation" by Dr. Ken Tadashi Oshima, with Charlotte Raymond and Mira Nakashima 
    September 17 
    6–7:30 p.m., online 
  • Guided Tours of Raymond Farm 
    Saturdays, September 26–November 14 
    1 and 2:30 p.m., Raymond Farm 
  • Online documentary film launch and discussion with Pew Fellows Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib 
    October 9 
    6–7:30 p.m., online 
  • DesignPhiladelphia Curator Gallery Walk 
    October 10, 11, 17, and 18 
    10–11 a.m., Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
  • Photographer Elizabeth Fellicella in conversation with curator William Whitaker 
    October 20 
    6–7:30 p.m., online 
  • Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Forum: Cynthia Altman, William Whitaker, Yukie Kamiya and Kim Andrew 
    Organized by the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation 
    November 18 
    5–6 p.m., online