Clark Humanities Museum

The goal of the Clark Humanities Museum, which opened in 1970, is to give students the crucial opportunity to engage directly with original works of art and other artifacts of material culture related to their courses—an irreproducible experience that sharpens critical inquiry, fosters interdisciplinary thinking, and offers the keen poignancy of authenticity in our increasingly virtual digital age.


Constructing Womanhood & Femininity in Japanese Prints

Femina Japonica is curated by students in Professor Rika Hiro’s Art History course on Japanese Prints. It features ukiyo-e and other prints from the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s permanent collection, ranging from the early Edo period (1603-1868) to the Heisei period (1989-2019). The exhibition presents five themes to explore how womanhood and femininity have been constructed through prints: 1) representation of ideal women through bijin (“beauties”); 2) explorations of agency and domesticity; 3) female engagement with spirituality and nature; 4) works by female printmakers; and 5) femininity expressed through objects and other mediums, including textiles and photography. Femina Japonica showcases womanhood and femininity both in the subjects represented and in the creators themselves by highlighting female printmakers, who have been invisible in the museum practice and scholarly research.



Caroline Bowen, Nia Carroll, Eric Corona, Alexis Gero, Nick Grisanti, Jinyan Gu, Erina Iwasa, Ryann Liljenstolpe, Caro Liu, Corey Solorio LoDuca, Clark Louis, Sophie Mannes, Thomas Martinez, Molly Murphey, Caetano Pérez-Marchant, Jasmine Sloan, Mila Stanislawek-Stribling, Wenyan Wang

Yōshū Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838-1912)
Parody of the 12 Zodiac Animals: Dragon,
Fukagawa Hachiman Fuji, 1894
Japan, Meiji Period (1868-1912)
Woodblock print, ink on paper
9 1/16 in. 13 ¾ in.
Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment
for Japanese Arts and Cultures

Wakabayashi Noriko
(Japanese, b. 1955)
No. 9, The Leap (Yaku), 1979 
Japan, Shōwa period (1926-1989)
Woodblock print, ink on paper
11 5/8 x 8 5/16 in.
Purchased with funds from the Aoki Endowment
for Japanese Arts and Cultures

Clark Humanities Museum hosts Dr. Orna Shaughnessy, Assistant Professor of Japanese, University of Denver on December 2nd at 5:30pm and her talk on

Chikanobu’s Modern Female Muse? Ōyama Sutematsu’s Voice, Figure, and Legacy as a Translation of Modern Japanese Female Identity


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