Insider Tours at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Arthur Flory and Modern Japanese Printmakers

Untitled, 1960, by Toko Shinoda, printed by Arthur Flory (Philadelphia Museum of Art: Purchased with the Thomas Skelton Harrison Fund, 1961-143-2)

Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, for an exclusive members-only Insider Tour at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and experience an expert-led behind-the-scenes look at prints from the museum’s collection, highlighting the fruitful collaborations between Philadelphia-based artist Arthur Flory and Japanese printmakers in postwar Japan.

Maria Puzyreva, the Carl Zigrosser Fellow in The Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will lead the tour.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
2:00–4:00 pm
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Perelman Building / Google Maps >>

This program is being offered exclusively for JASGP members. Admission is free, and advance registration is required. Tours will be limited to 12 participants.

For more information, please contact Millie T. Chen, JASGP Membership and Development Associate at

About the Tour

Join us for a discussion of Arthur Flory’s fruitful collaborations with Japanese printmakers in postwar Japan. This Philadelphia-based artist established a workshop in Japan in the 1960s, introducing the art of lithography to many important Japanese painters and printmakers.

With Flory’s guidance, artists such as Munakata Shikō, Saitō Kiyoshi, and Shinoda Tōkō, among others, expanded their artistic horizons, blending their existing styles with lithographic methods to create bold and dynamic prints that stood out in the printing movements of the 1960s. For some, it was a one-time experiment; for others, it had a profound and lasting influence on their artistic practices.

Thanks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s extensive collection of modern Japanese prints, we will be able to view some artists’ lithographs alongside their woodblocks, observing how similar ideas take different shapes depending on the medium. The creativity and cultural exchange evident in the works of Flory and his students attest to the vitality of artistic connections that transcend national boundaries.

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