Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the artistic and philanthropic legacy of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was formed by Robert Rauschenberg in 1990 to promote awareness of the causes and groups close to the heart of its founder.
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Activities of the Foundation have included grant making, educational programs and prints and campaigns to benefit environmental and humanitarian initiatives. Today the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation extends this scope with programs including a new grant for artistic innovation and collaboration and direct assistance for the advancement of art. The Rauschenberg Residency, one of the Foundation's key programs, also has a page at http://facebook.com/RauschenbergResidency

Mission: The vision of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is to share with the world the creative and civic-minded spirit that exemplified this artist's life. We will seek opportunities that showcase the qualities of being fearless, innovative, collaborative and pattern-breaking. We will strive to encourage a dialogue that is a voice for positive change.

Forty-four years ago today—October 29, 1976—“Robert Rauschenberg,” a mid-career retrospective organized by storied curat...
10/29/2020

Forty-four years ago today—October 29, 1976—“Robert Rauschenberg,” a mid-career retrospective organized by storied curator Walter Hopps, opened at the National Collection of Fine Arts (now Smithsonian American Art Museum @americanart), in Washington, D.C.

With a social responsibility equal to his artistic innovations, #Rauschenberg was the living artist Hopps considered best suited to honoring the American Bicentennial in the nation’s capital. Hopps later recalls reasoning to Joshua Taylor, director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, “The program should celebrate life and vision. What you want is an artist who is also a great citizen, who is engaged in the political dialogue and discourse, takes public stands, is a benefactor and philanthropist, who believes not only in his own art, but in the fate and lives of other artists, and has invested in them.”

In this spirit, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation commends all artists who continue to speak truth to power and challenge the status quo.

1. Walter Hopps and Robert Rauschenberg during the installation of the retrospective exhibition Robert Rauschenberg, National Collection of Fine Arts [detail], October 1976. Work shown in the background is Sor Aqua (Venetian) (1973).
2. Rauschenberg installing a Jammer [detail], October 1976. Photos: Gianfranco Gorgoni

Happy Birthday Lynda Benglis! A persistently innovative artist, #Benglis creates poured and knotted sculptures out of pl...
10/25/2020

Happy Birthday Lynda Benglis! A persistently innovative artist, #Benglis creates poured and knotted sculptures out of pliant materials—including paint. She was born in Louisiana in the 1940s, near "the same Gulf, same mud, same oil wells" where Rauschenberg grew up in Port Arthur, Texas.

Below, an excerpt from Benglis’s Rauschenberg #oralhistory:
"I was down in Florida when I was doing the prints and then Rauschenberg just looked at me and he said, 'Why is it that you never age?' That’s the first thing he said to me. I was still forty, or maybe under forty by then... I really loved him because he’d say exactly what was on his mind. It wouldn’t matter—nothing, just right now."

Find the full interview transcript in our #RauschenbergfromHome materials.

Images:
1. Detail from "Fling, Dribble, and Dip," Life Magazine, February 27, 1970.
2. The artist #LyndaBenglis photographed at her studio outside Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo: Dustin Aksland (from the New York Times).
3. Installation views of three elements from Lynda Benglis’s "North South East West," 1976, from "Five From Louisiana," a group exhibition that also included #Rauschenberg at the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1977. Photo: Courtesy Lynda Benglis

Happy Birthday Bob!!! #BOTD in 1925, Rauschenberg would have been 95-years-old today.#Repost from @thaddaeusropac:Today,...
10/22/2020

Happy Birthday Bob!!!
#BOTD in 1925, Rauschenberg would have been 95-years-old today.

#Repost from @thaddaeusropac:

Today, we are celebrating Robert Rauchenberg's birthday and the opening of the artist's exhibition 'Night Shades and Phantoms' in our Paris Marais gallery. Join us until 8pm on this special occasion! 

#Rauschenberg #ThaddaeusRopac

Photograph: Robert Rauschenberg portrait (profile view), 1998. Photo: Sidney B. Felsen

10/20/2020

Here is a sneak peek of Rauschenberg's metal painting "Muse Poodle Roll (Phantom)," 1991 being transported and installed at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac for their upcoming exhibition!

#repost from @thaddaeusropac :

Finishing touches for our upcoming #RobertRauschenberg exhibition 'Night Shades and Phantoms', opening in our Paris Marais gallery this Thursday October 22, from 3–8PM.    
   
The exhibition presents two series of metal paintings composed of silk-screened photographic images and gestural strokes on aluminium supports from 1991. Made during the artist's decade-long experimentations with metal, these paintings are characterised by their grayscale palette, which ranges from the Night Shades’ painterly chiaroscuro to the Phantoms’ mirrored surfaces and ethereal translucency. Rauschenberg creates dream-like imagery which appears and disappears as a result of light, shadows and reflections across the artworks’ surfaces.   
   
Organised in collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the exhibition will also present a selection of photographs by the artist used as source images for the paintings on view.   
   
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by artist David Salle and author Sarah French.   
   
#ThaddaeusRopac #Rauschenberg

Alteronce Gumby (Rauschenberg Resident, Captiva, March 2019) spoke of being inspired by Rauschenberg, particularly while...
10/19/2020

Alteronce Gumby (Rauschenberg Resident, Captiva, March 2019) spoke of being inspired by Rauschenberg, particularly while finding his voice and style as an undergraduate: “There is a phase, I think, in every artist or painter’s life where they go through a Rauschenberg moment. Especially if you’re an abstract painter—how could you not?” (Cultured magazine, Sept 2020) Shortly before he attended the residency, Alteronce saw Rauschenberg: The ¼ Mile exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “Seeing this exhibition really expanded my understanding of scale, medium, and process in making a painting. I still reflect on this show when I'm in my studio, and on the time that I spent in Captiva.”

The Bronx-based artist redefines color as hues to explore shades of light and tones to make commentary on issues of identity politics, culture, and theories of freedom. He considers color to be an amalgamation of experiences that tell a story—his story—written and rewritten within each painting.

Alteronce Gumby: My Favorite Color is a Rainbow is on exhibit at Parrasch Heijnen in Los Angeles through November 6.

1. Alteronce Gumby in the Main Studio, Captiva, 2019. Photo: March Poucher
2 and 3. Robert Rauschenberg, The ¼ Mile or 2 Furlong piece, (1981–98), installation view, 2019. Photos: courtesy LACMA

Beta-Local, a Foundation grantee, is a nonprofit organization based in Puerto Rico and dedicated to supporting and promo...
10/16/2020

Beta-Local, a Foundation grantee, is a nonprofit organization based in Puerto Rico and dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practices through three main programs that intertwine and constantly feed off each other: La Práctica, a research and production program for artists and other cultural agents; The Harbor, a residency for artists from abroad to engage with Beta-Local participants to generate dialogue, ideas, and skills; and La Iván Illich, an experimental pedagogical platform. In 2019, RRF provided a multi-year general operating grant, and three Beta-Local members participated in the Residency in Captiva: visual artists Tony Cruz Pabón and Guillermo Rodríquez, and dancer nibia patranas santiago.

During the pandemic and this time of physical distancing, Beta-Local’s focus is on generating public programs with La Práctica group. Questions such as What is essential? How do we take care of each other? are focal points for a series of contributions that will be result in a publication.

1) Social Distancing La Práctica workshop with Adrián Flores, 2020 2) La Práctica relaxing at Naguago, Puerto Rico, 2020 3) Diego de la Cruz and Andrea Ottenwalder drawings from Tony Cruz's drawing workshop, 2020. Photos: Beta-Local

Congratulations to MacArthur Foundation 2020 Fellows! Ralph Lemon (Rauschenberg Resident, Captiva, June 2016) is include...
10/13/2020

Congratulations to MacArthur Foundation 2020 Fellows! Ralph Lemon (Rauschenberg Resident, Captiva, June 2016) is included in this year’s outstanding list of 21 writers, artists, scientists and academics who are honored for their “exceptional creativity” and will receive $625,000 unrestricted funds over five years. Ralph is a visual artist, writer, choreographer, and curator who develops intellectually rigorous and experimental performances that are as socially and politically resonant as they are personal. He builds teams of collaborating artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, countries, and artistic disciplines who bring their own history and aesthetic voices to the work. Projects develop over a period of years. Works-in-progress are shared with the public and culminate in artworks that are derived from the artistic, cultural, historic, and emotional material uncovered in this rigorous creative research process.

1-3. Ralph Lemon works on a set of silkscreen prints in the main studio at the Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida, 2016. Ralph participated in the Family Residency, along with his partner and youngest child. This residency format allows artists to work uninterrupted each workday as the children enjoy age-appropriate activities overseen by two caregivers. Photos: Mark Poucher

In honor of the annual #LGBTQ awareness #NationalComingOutDay, we’re celebrating the great love between innovative chore...
10/11/2020

In honor of the annual #LGBTQ awareness #NationalComingOutDay, we’re celebrating the great love between innovative choreographer Merce Cunningham and avant-garde composer John Cage, two of Rauschenberg’s long-time friends and collaborators—all three artists, pictured here, part of the gay community.⁣

Life partners Cunningham and Cage‘s romantic relationship was born out of their joint creative exploration of the physical dimension of sound through music and dance. These two men’s intensely beautiful romance is captured in their correspondence to each other, 39 love letters from 1942-46 which are published in 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘓𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘑𝘰𝘩𝘯 𝘊𝘢𝘨𝘦. Cage writes to Cunningham tenderly in July of 1944: “𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯: 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘣𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬? 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘶𝘴...” and in the summer of the following year, a bit more boldly: “𝘐 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘺: 𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘦, 𝘐 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘪𝘵, 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶.”⁣

Love is love! ❤️ 🌈⁣

1. #Rauschenberg, #Cage and #Cunningham, May 2, 1960. Photo: Richard Avedon (@avedonfoundation) ⁣
2. Part of a letter Cage wrote to Merce Cunningham that includes a song. Credit: John Cage

It's #nationalhispanicheritage month! Did you know that in 1986 Rauschenberg collaborated with Chilean poet Raúl Zurita...
10/08/2020

It's #nationalhispanicheritage month! Did you know that in 1986 Rauschenberg collaborated with Chilean poet Raúl Zurita for the cover of the translation of Zurita’s wildly successful book 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘦 ?

Zurita’s fourth book of poems (and the first to be translated into English) speaks to the violence and suffering during and after the 1973 military coup in Chile that toppled the democratically elected Allende government and ushered in the Pinochet dictatorship. The original photographic collage for the 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘦 jacket is made up of photographs taken by Rauschenberg in Chile, one of which, the beach scene, that is also featured as a screenprint on a copper artwork that Rauschenberg made a year prior, 𝘊𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥-𝘉𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘝𝘐𝘐 / 𝘙𝘖𝘊𝘐 𝘊𝘏𝘐𝘓𝘌. ⁣

The ROCI CHILE series of artworks were part of the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) project, in which Rauschenberg visited, created works inspired by, and held exhibitions in ten different countries between 1984–1991 to spark an international dialogue through the creative process. ⁣

➡️ Learn more about Rauschenberg in ROCI CHILE and the collaboration between #Rauschenberg and #Zurita by visiting our website’s #RauschenbergFromHome resources to read @huntercollege MA graduate Vitoria Hadba’s essay on the subject, or visit http://www.rauschenbergchile.cl for first-hand account interviews in Spanish about Rauschenberg in #Chile.⁣


1. Rauschenberg, cover design for Raúl Zurita,𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘦.⁣
2. Rauschenberg, 𝘊𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘥-𝘉𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘝𝘐𝘐 / 𝘙𝘖𝘊𝘐 𝘊𝘏𝘐𝘓𝘌, 1985. ⁣
3 & 4 Letter from Raúl Zurita inviting Rauschenberg to design the cover of the bilingual edition of 𝘈𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘦, 1985⁣

Reminder: the current application cycle for the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program closes October 26.Repost f...
10/08/2020

Reminder: the current application cycle for the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program closes October 26.

Repost from @nyfacurrent

Do you have questions about the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grant? Join the NYFA Grants team on 10/13 at 3:30 PM EDT as they review the application guidelines and requirements for this program, which provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to visual and media artists and choreographers for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies. 👉 Go to nyfa.org/events to register
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#EmergencyGrants #EmergencyResources #NYFAGrants

Artist, teacher, and collaborator #RobertBlackburn made a tremendous impact on #printmaking in the United States. In New...
10/05/2020

Artist, teacher, and collaborator #RobertBlackburn made a tremendous impact on #printmaking in the United States. In New York, he founded Printmaking Workshop, a space dedicated to diversity and inclusion. #Blackburn was also the first master printer at Universal Limited Art Editions (@ulaestudio), where he produced editions with artists including #Rauschenberg.

In 1963, Blackburn helped Rauschenberg with his lithograph "Accident." During the printing, the lithography stones broke twice. Rather than abandon the print, Rauschenberg saw the imprint of the crack and broken chips of stone at the bottom of the print as documents of the process of creation. The finished work won the Grand Prize at the 5th International Exhibition of Prints in Ljublijana and established ULAE as a preeminent print workshop.

The traveling retrospective "Robert Blackburn & Modern American Printmaking" explores Blackburn's legacy and celebrates his own printing practice. Catch it now @nelsonatkins through February 28, 2021!

1. Rauschenberg working with master printer Robert Blackburn at ULAE, West Islip, New York, 1962. Photo: Hans Namuth
2. Rauschenberg's lithograph "Accident," 1963

Robert #Rauschenberg and Trisha Brown deeply influenced each other over the course of the five decades that they collabo...
10/02/2020

Robert #Rauschenberg and Trisha Brown deeply influenced each other over the course of the five decades that they collaborated. Trisha spoke of an “uncanny connection” that cemented their friendship and propelled their numerous performance collaborations. So naturally, we love this recent news:

Repost from @trishabrowncompany

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of the Trisha Brown Archives by the Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library!

The collection is filled with materials related to Trisha’s groundbreaking life and career, including personal and professional papers, photographs, choreographic notes, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company records. Notably, the collection documents Trisha’s work from inception to completion with extensive audiovisual records, including performance documentation, performance for camera, audio recordings and approximately 1,200 Building Tapes, with corresponding Building Notebooks.  

In 2009, the Trisha Brown Dance Company formalized the Trisha Brown Archives, hiring former company member Cori Olinghouse @corihouse, who served as Archive Director from 2009 to 2018, overseeing a team of personnel in cataloguing and preserving Trisha Brown's oeuvre. We'd like to recognize and thank our archives team for their enormous work.

Anne Boissonnault, Archive Director
Ben Houtman, Audiovisual Archivist @houtmania
David Thomson, Archives Technical Consultant @davidthomson.nyc
Head to our stories for @sioburke coverage in @nytimes

Nathaniel Tileston's photo of Trisha performing "Accumulation with Talking" (1973) © 1979 The Estate of Nathanial Tileston

Two pages of Brown's choreographic notes, from a selection titled "Things I wrote in a notebook, dated April 15, 1973-May 24, 1974."

In honor of The Studio Museum of Harlem’s (@studiomuseum) first major endowment drive, we’ve endowed a named fellowship ...
10/01/2020

In honor of The Studio Museum of Harlem’s (@studiomuseum) first major endowment drive, we’ve endowed a named fellowship which will be part of the ongoing curatorial fellowship program at the museum – a program that serves as an incubator for new talent and develops the next generation of museum professionals. Beginning in 2021, the Robert Rauschenberg Curatorial Fellowship will be awarded annually by the museum to one awardee for a period of one year. We are excited to support this program and look forward to meeting and learning from future fellows.

1 & 2. 2018-2019 Studio Museum of Harlem Curatorial Fellows. Photos courtesy The Studio Museum in Harlem. 3. Rendering of the Studio Museum of Harlem’s new building designed by David Adjaye. Exterior View from 125th Street Plaza. Photo courtesy Adjaye Associates.

"I know that art has the energy to change minds and hearts. Art is a powerful source of fact and joy." —Words of wisdom ...
09/30/2020

"I know that art has the energy to change minds and hearts. Art is a powerful source of fact and joy." —Words of wisdom on this Wednesday from #Rauschenberg in a hand-written statement from September 24, 2001.

On this day in 1965, #Rauschenberg celebrated the enactment of the progressive law founding the National Endowment of th...
09/29/2020

On this day in 1965, #Rauschenberg celebrated the enactment of the progressive law founding the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) in person, as a guest of arts advocate Senator Jacob Javits and his wife Marion, friends and appreciators of the artist's work. Having earnestly lobbied for the NEA, he received one of the pens President Lyndon Johnson used to sign the bill. Through decades of controversy and culture wars, this federal institution has embodied a commitment to public support of creative production. Disagreement over its beneficiaries as well as the role of art in society continues to fuel vital dialogues and debates that often have been acrimonious and politically-driven.

1. Marion Javits and Rauschenberg in Washington, D.C. after the presidential signing of a bill establishing the #NEA (@neaarts), 1965. Photo: Unattributed

Happy Birthday Carolyn Brown! #BOTD in 1927, Brown is a dancer, choreographer, and writer. She was a founding member and...
09/26/2020

Happy Birthday Carolyn Brown!

#BOTD in 1927, Brown is a dancer, choreographer, and writer. She was a founding member and integral part of the Cunningham Dance Company and a good friend of #Rauschenberg. In 1953, Carolyn and Earle Brown were the only people to purchase a painting out of Rauschenberg's exhibition at Stable Gallery in New York. (They bought one of his black paintings for $26.30—the amount of money in their pockets from cashing a telephone-deposit refund check.)

This picture from 1963 features Rauschenberg, Brown, and artist Per Olof Ultvedt rehearsing for the premiere of "Pelican," which was the first performance Rauschenberg choreographed. Swipe to see Rauschenberg’s notes for "Pelican," with his choreography instructions for Brown from the #archives.

1. Rauschenberg, Brown, and Ultvedt rehearsing for the premiere of Rauschenberg’s "Pelican" at Pop Festival in Washington, D.C., 1963. Photo: Unattributed.
2. Detail of Rauschenberg’s notes for "Pelican" (1963).

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Would you happen to have the title for this amazing piece
Here is a signed print personally handed to me by him at his home/studio on Captiva Island. What a truly awesome guy.
How can I get involved in your organization
Hi everybody! Unfortunately, I don't have any work by Robert Rauschenberg, however, I have a photocopy on cotton paper of a photo of the artist. I would like to ask if someone has seen the original and where it would be, if anything, or where and when he saw it or even simply where I could look for it. Thanks a lot to those who can help me!
Hi everybody! Unfortunately, I don't have any work by Robert Rauschenberg, however, I have a photocopy on cotton paper of a photo of the artist. I would like to ask if someone has seen the original and where it would be, if anything, or where and when he saw it or even simply where I could look for it. Thanks a lot to those who can help me!
I love so much his works
Impressive
I couldn't find this one on your website. Can you tell me the title of this piece of work?
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