Dallas, Texas | November 8, 2019

Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Rachofsky Collection announces an open call for submissions related to Japanese artist Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) for its 2019 Graduate Symposium at The Warehouse in Dallas, Texas. As an artist, teacher, and theorist, Takamatsu investigated the philosophical and material foundations of art in a variety of media, engaging with Minimalism through his background in Anti-Art and Neo-Dada. Takamatsu was a key member of the collective Hi Red Center (1963-1964) and of the movement Mono-Ha (1967-1979), and influential in developing conceptual art, performance art, and post-minimalism within Japan.

Students invited to present papers at the symposium will have the opportunity to access works in the collection during a two-day, partially-funded research visit during Summer 2019. Additionally, papers presented at the symposium will be published in a compendium together with the paper delivered by the keynote speaker, independent curator and writer Douglas Fogle.

We invite master’s and doctoral students to present their scholarly work on a host of topics related to Jiro Takamatsu. Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length.

Submissions may include but are not limited to:

  • Excerpt of an MA/MFA paper or thesis
  • Excerpt of a seminar paper
  • Excerpt from a dissertation

Complete proposals must include the following:

  • A complete mailing address, email address, phone number, research field, and university affiliation of participant.
  • Paper title and abstract of no more than 300 words that includes three to five keywords.

Send submissions and questions to Proposals are due by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by May 15, 2019.

Three students will be selected for the 2019 symposium. Successful applicants should be prepared to travel to Dallas for the symposium on Friday, November 8, 2019. Research visit would need to take place between June 24, 2019 and August 2, 2019. Students will be offered a stipend to help supplement the cost of travel for the symposium and the optional research visit. Accommodations for both visits will be provided by The Rachofsky Collection.

Click here for works by Jiro Takamatsu in The Rachofsky Collection.



Images from left: Jiro Takamatsu, Photograph of Photograph, 1973; Jiro Takamatsu, Shadow of Brush No. 178, 1967; Jiro Takamatsu, Perspective Painting, 1967