A House in the Garden: Shofuso and Modernism

Above: A House in the Garden: Shofuso and Modernism
Running time: 36:00

Directed by Nadia Hironaka
Produced by Matthew Suib & Aaron Igler of Greenhouse Media in association with Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia
Organized and Curated by William Whitaker and Yuka Yokoyama

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.

Above: A House in the Garden: Shofuso and Modernism, Teaser
Running time: 3:00

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.