Robert Rauschenberg discusses Collection at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

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Robert Rauschenberg discusses Collection (1954/1955) at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999. Video edited by Richard Robertson, 2012

Total running time: 6 min. 57 sec. | SFMOMA Release Date: July 2013

In 1999, Menil Collection curator Walter Hopps and SFMOMA Director David A. Ross interviewed Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries during an exhibition featuring fourteen major works by the artist that the museum had recently acquired. Hopps had organized the 1976 and 1998 retrospectives of Rauschenberg's work. In this excerpt from the video footage, Hopps, Ross, and Rauschenberg discuss the process of making Collection and its retroactive titling—the work was untitled until 1976. Gary Garrels, then SFMOMA's chief curator, and Peter Samis, then associate curator of education, also participate in the interview. A transcript of the full interview is available on the Related Information page. A transcript of this excerpt is available below.