Application Deadline: MAY 15, 2020

The Rachofsky Collection announces an open call for submissions for its 2020 Graduate Symposium at The Warehouse on the theme The Yielding Grid. This symposium will examine artists who use geometry to address questions of affect, identity, and vulnerability, and who engage with the psychological implications of the grid. A foundational part of The Rachofsky Collection is the aesthetic of global minimalism and its legacies in the work of artists such as Charles Ray, Judy Chicago, Anne Truitt, Richard Tuttle, Jim Hodges, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Liz Larner, Mona Hatoum, and Leonor Antunes; as well as the movements Post-Minimalism, Arte Povera, and Mono-ha.

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 2020. Additionally, papers presented at the symposium will be published in a compendium together with the paper delivered by keynote speaker Michelle White, Senior Curator at the Menil Collection.

We invite master’s and doctoral students to present their scholarly work on a host of topics related to geometry and the grid. Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length. 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, with a list of three to five keywords.

Send submissions and questions to Proposals are due by Friday, May 15, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by May 20, 2020. Preference will be given to those papers that address artists in The Rachofsky Collection. Three students will be selected for the 2020 symposium.

CLICK HERE for a list of artists and works in The Rachofsky Collection related to this theme.


Banner images from left: detail of Anne Truitt, Valley Forge, 1963; detail of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers), 1987-1990; detail of Judy Chicago, The Liberation of the Great Ladies, 1973