User Guide

The Rauschenberg Research Project catalogs more than eighty-five artworks by Robert Rauschenberg from SFMOMA’s permanent collection. The featured works are indexed on the Rauschenberg Research Project landing page, which acts as an orientation point for the materials assembled in this publication. Artwork titles and dates reflect the most recent research undertaken by SFMOMA staff and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and follow the Foundation’s accepted conventions as of July 2013. A full list of preferred titles is available on the Related Information page.

Ownership, exhibition, and publication histories as well as a record of marks and inscriptions may be found on the Overview page for each artwork, except in the case of prints, whose exhibition histories have not been documented. Publication histories are organized chronologically. For prints, these listings document general discussions of the related series or portfolio, rather than specific references to the SFMOMA edition. Exhibition histories are also organized chronologically, with the exception of permanent collection rotations, which are noted by year at the end of the listing rather than integrated according to their full exhibition dates, because works are occasionally moved during these presentations. All exhibition and publication details have been confirmed with primary documentation. The current exhibition and publication histories are complete as of June 1, 2014, and will be updated annually.

Additional images, commentary, curatorial reference documents, and conservation notes and reports, when available, may be found in each artwork’s Research Materials section. Select works have also been treated in scholarly essays commissioned for this publication.

To download all of the materials related to a specific artwork, visit the work’s Overview page and select “All Downloads.”

Low-resolution versions of the images included in the Rauschenberg Research Project are available for download in a file size suitable for PowerPoint presentations. These images are for educational and reference purposes only. Please see our Terms of Use for details regarding permitted uses and restrictions. All archival images, unless otherwise specified, are courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Copyright for artworks by Robert Rauschenberg is held by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. In cases where copyright to the image or represented artwork is not held by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, details about the rights holder(s) are noted in the accompanying image captions.

Please refer to the examples below when citing the Rauschenberg Research Project:

  • Essay citations should include the following components: Author’s name, “Artwork Title,Rauschenberg Research Project, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, URL. Paragraph #.

    Example:
    Sarah Roberts, "Collection," Rauschenberg Research Project, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/262/essay/collection. Paragraph 1.
     
  • Citations for artwork overview texts; Ownership, Exhibition, and Publication Histories; and Marks and Inscriptions should include the following components: “Artwork Title: section name,” Rauschenberg Research Project, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, URL. 

    Example:
    Collection: Overview,” Rauschenberg Research Project, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, http://www.sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/262.
     
  • Citations for Research Materials should include the following components: “Asset Title,” Rauschenberg Research Project, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, URL. 

    Example:
    “Conservation reports relating to Robert Rauschenberg’s Collection, 1972–1991,” Rauschenberg Research Project, July 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, http://www. sfmoma.org/explore/collection/artwork/262/research_materials/document/COLL_72.26_101.