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Sarah Roberts; photo: Katherine Du Tiel

Gallery Talk

Deep Cuts: Sarah Roberts on Joan Mitchell

Friday, Apr 13, 2018


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Curator Sarah Roberts explores Joan Mitchell’s vibrant large-scale painting, Bracket (1989). Mitchell, an abstract expressionist painter, was one of the few female artists to gain critical and public acclaim during a largely male dominated era.

Roberts serves as Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture at SFMOMA, where she has directed research initiatives on the museum’s permanent collection since 2004. As primary author and project director for the museum’s Rauschenberg Research Project, Roberts supervised both the curatorial research and the technological planning necessary to bring this new form of publishing to life on the SFMOMA website. She also worked closely with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; conducted numerous interviews with studio assistants, friends, and colleagues of the artist; and collaborated intensively with SFMOMA’s conservation staff. Prior to joining SFMOMA, Roberts held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts.