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Robert Rauschenberg discusses Erased de Kooning Drawing at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999

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 Rauschenbergs work. In this excerpt from the video footage Rauschenberg describes Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) as one of his icons of eccentricities, and identifies it as an important touchstone for his later works. He also tells the story of approaching Willem de Kooning (with a bottle of Jack Daniels) to ask for a drawing to erase. Rauschenberg repeated this story frequently throughout his life. Gary Garrels, then SFMOMAs 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. 

  • Robert Rauschenberg discusses Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953) at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999. Video edited by Richard Robertson, 2012

  • Total running time: 14 min. 12 sec.

  • Featured Artist: Robert Rauschenberg
  • SFMOMA Release Date: July 2013