For the second annual Graduate Symposium, The Rachofsky Collection invited three graduate students or recent graduates to present their research on postwar Japanese artist, Jiro Takamatsu. Following the graduate presentations, writer and curator Douglas Fogle presented his keynote presentation titled “The Skin of the World.”
Douglas Fogle is a curator and writer based in Los Angeles with over twenty years of curatorial experience at three major American institutions (Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles). His most recent exhibitions include Andy Warhol: Dark Star, Museo Jumex in June 2017, Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude, Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, 2017-2018 and Bless: Neutra Dasein at the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, Los Angeles, 2018. From 2009-2012 he served as Deputy Director, Exhibition and Programs and Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles where he organized a variety of exhibitions including Ed Ruscha: On the Road (2011), an international group exhibition All of this and nothing (2011), Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences/Documented Assignments (2010), and Luisa Lambri: Being there (2010). Previously, he served as curator of contemporary art at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh from 2005-2009 where he organized Life on Mars, the 55th Carnegie International in 2008. Prior to that, Fogle was a curator in the Visual Arts Department of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis from 1994-2005 where he curated a wide array of exhibitions such as Painting at the Edge of the World (2001), The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography 1960-1982 (2003), Andy Warhol/Supernova: Stars, Deaths, and Disasters 1962-1964 (2005), and solo exhibitions with Catherine Opie and Julie Mehretu. Also a writer, he has published widely in exhibition catalogues and journals such as Artforum, Flash Art, Parkett, and frieze.
Asako Katsura, PhD Candidate, University California Irvine, “Photography as Sculpture: Jiro Takamatsu’s Photograph of Photograph”
Adrian Ogas, Master’s Art History, Southern Methodist University, “Jiro Takamatsu’s Presence in Absence: Engaging with the Known”
MAKI IISAKA, PhD, Lecturer, Texas A&M University, “Indexing Absence: From Material Dimensions to Projective Realities”