Susan Davidson

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photo courtesy the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Susan Davidson has been engaged with the work of Robert Rauschenberg since 1990 and was a curatorial advisor to the artist from 2001 until his death in 2008. In this capacity, she prepared numerous exhibitions and catalogues on the artist, including Rauschenberg: On and Off the Wall (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France, 2005), Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts (IVAM, Valencia, Spain, 2005), and Rauschenberg (Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy, 2004). She co-curated Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective (1997) and Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts (2009) for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and was assistant curator for Robert Rauschenberg: The Early 1950s (1991), organized by Walter Hopps for the Menil Collection, Houston. Davidson is currently a board member of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and, with Rauschenberg’s longtime curator David White, edited Robert Rauschenberg: Photographs 1949–1962 (2011). In addition to her work on Rauschenberg, Davidson is senior curator for collections and exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where her most recent exhibitions and catalogues include Robert Motherwell: Early Collages (2013); John Chamberlain: Choices (2012); Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation (2007); No Limits, Just Edges: Jackson Pollock’s Paintings on Paper (2005); Peggy and Kiesler: The Collector and the Visionary (2004); and American Pop Icons (2003).