Irit Rogoff

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Irit Rogoff (born 1963) is a writer, theorist, teacher and curator. Her research interests include visual culture; contemporary art and critical theory;[1] postcolonialism, geocultures and geographies,[2] cultures of education[3] and gender. Rogoff obtained her PhD from the Courtald Institute of Art in 1987.[4]


Between 1989 and 1997 Rogoff taught at UC Davis, where she merged the graduate programs in Art and Critical Theory under the department of Visual Culture.[5] In 2002, she founded the trans-disciplinary department of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London[6] where she is a Professor of Visual Culture, heading the PhD in Curatorial/Knowledge program.[7]


Between 2005 and 2006 Rogoff was part of the curatorial team of the ACADEMY project which consisted of a series of exhibitions, projects and events at the Kunst-verein in Hamburg, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.[8]

In 2011, together with Stefano Harney, Adrian Heathfield, Massimiliano Mollona, Louis Moreno and Nora Sternfeld she founded the curatorial and research collective freethought.[9] In 2016 freethought was the Artistic Director of the Bergen Assembly.[10]


Rogoff has written and co-written a number of seminal texts including Looking Away—Participating Singularities, Ontological Communities (2013); Visual Cultures as Seriousness (2013) (with Gavin Butt); Unbounded: Limits’ Possibilities (2012); and Terra Infirma: Geography's Visual Culture (2000).[11] She was a guest-editor for the special issue of e-flux journal no. 14 entitled Education Actualised which was published in 2010[12] and has contributed to various periodicals such as Art Journal,[13] e-flux,[14] and Third Text.[15]


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  13. ^ Rogoff, Irit (2002). "Hit and Run—Museums and Cultural Difference". Art Journal. 61 (3): 63–73. doi:10.2307/778213. JSTOR 778213.
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