Robert Rauschenberg and the Agility of Images

Related Exhibition Robert Rauschenberg

Saturday, February 10, 2018
Presentations: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Gallery Talks: 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box

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Robert Rauschenberg, Scanning, 1963; fractional and promised gift of Helen and Charles Schwab, © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; photo: Ben Blackwell

On the occasion of the major retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, SFMOMA is convening scholars and artists to consider the artist’s engagement with photography throughout the course of his career.

The morning session offers a look at Rauschenberg’s agile use of photographic images, explores his late transfer works, and brings together contemporary artists to respond to the artist’s work.

During the afternoon, we invite everyone into the galleries for focused discussions of artworks on display in Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules.

Schedule and program notes available here.


Indira Allegra, artist
Beth Bird, documentary filmmaker and Ph.D candidate in the Department of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley
Robin Clark, director of the Artist Initiative, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Gregory G. Geiger, artist
Maria Elena González, artist and associate professor, Sculpture and New Genres, at the San Francisco Art Institute
Tim Hyde, artist and assistant professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of California, Davis
Amanda Hunter Johnson, conservator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Tomoko Kanamitsu, program associate, Higher and Continuing Education, Education and Public Practice, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Emily Liebert, associate curator of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Art
Peggy Phelan, Ann O’Day Maples Chair in the Arts, Professor of Theater & Performance Studies and English, Stanford University
Sarah Roberts, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Kaeleigh Thorp, graduate student in Museum Studies at the University of San Francisco
Meredith George Van Dyke, curatorial assistant, Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
John Zarobell, associate professor and undergraduate director of International Studies at the University of San Francisco

Select programs presented in conjunction with Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules are made possible with support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

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Robert Rauschenberg Erases the Rules

From the 1940s until his passing in 2008, Rauschenberg worked with everything from photography to items scavenged from New York City streets to vats of bubbling mud. These stories celebrate the artist’s razor-sharp humor and intelligence, continual experimentation with materials, and collaborative working processes.