Dear JAG members and friends,

I would like to share some news about our organizations and our activities in the coming year.

I am pleased to announce that the University of Chicago has joined JAG, becoming our 14th member institution. We’ll look forward to seeing them at the annual writing workshop and as schedules and airline prices permit. I am hopeful that other institutions may move towards formally joining our group in the coming year as well.

Coinciding with CAA in LA, we will hold a full-day symposium at UCLA on Tuesday, February 20, featuring talks from scholars from Japan, Europe, and the US on “Avant-Garde Art of Japan in the Global Moment of the 1960s.” The event will also commemorate the opening of the Yoshida Yoshie Collection at UCLA’s Young Research Library, an archive of the books and papers of art critic, artist, and instigator, Yoshida Yoshie. We will also have associated exhibitions going on—they’re still in the planning stages, but will feature items from the collection, as well as associated artworks and photography.

We will hold the Sixth Annual Works in Progress Workshop at Lake Arrowhead on June 1-3, 2018. The CFP will go out later this fall, but if you send me a note letting me know of your interest I can better gauge the likely group size and reserve rooms accordingly. As usual, the retreat is for intensive group discussion of well-formed works in progress, that is, substantial writings complete with appropriate scholarly apparatus etc. Once again we hope to have a balanced mix of graduate students and faculty for the event. As always, the goal will be to “create an atmosphere of constructive support and interchange among the group” in furtherance of the work and our intellectual exchange (to borrow from Miriam Wattles’ words from the inaugural 2008 event). As always, non-participant family members are welcome; the cost per night for their food and lodging is $205 (and $125 per night for children 3-14 years of age). Lots for them to do while we meet. Prospective JAG institutions are also welcome to apply, though they will have to self-fund (contact me for details).

Many thanks for your support and participation, and I hope to see many of you at the events this year.

William Marotti,
Director, JAG