Program — Robert Rauschenberg and the Agility of Images

Robert Rauschenberg and the Agility of Images
Saturday, February 10, 2018
10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Floor 4, Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box
2:30–3:30 p.m., Floor 4, Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules

On the occasion of the major retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules at SFMOMA (November 18, 2017–March 25, 2018), the museum is convening scholars, curators, and artists to consider Rauschenberg’s engagement with photography throughout the course of his career.

Photographic images saturate Rauschenberg’s work. Using an array of techniques including collage, solvent transfers, and silkscreening, Rauschenberg recontextualized pictures from a vast image bank that he collected across his lifetime. He remixed, layered, flipped, enlarged, and dissolved images, developing an extraordinarily elastic understanding of how they operate, both within an artwork and in the larger world. By combining art-making processes and media, he reimagined what a photographic image was and could be.