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, the artist discusses the concept behind his series of White Paintings and notes that other people, including artists Cy Twombly and Brice Marden, have painted these works for him over the years. 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.
Robert Rauschenberg discusses White Painting [three panel] (1951) at SFMOMA, May 6, 1999. Video edited by Richard Robertson, 2012
Total running time: 5 min. 58 sec.