Robert Rauschenberg and the Agility of Images

Robert Rauschenberg and the Agility of Images

Overview

On the occasion of the major retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules at SFMOMA, the museum hosted a colloquium on Saturday, February 10, 2018, which gathered 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.

Select programs presented in conjunction with Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules are made possible with support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

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Schedule

10 a.m.
The Agility of Images: Rauschenberg and Photography

Sarah Roberts, Introduction
Meredith George Van Dyke, Robert Rauschenberg and the Optical Device
Beth Bird, The Cinematic in the Work of Robert Rauschenberg: Indexicality, Contingency, Temporality, and the Archive

11 a.m.
Contemporary Artists Respond to Robert Rauschenberg

Tomoko Kanamitsu, Introduction
Maria Elena González, Captiva-ted
Tim Hyde, Red Sun (2017–18)
Maria Elena González and Tim Hyde in conversation with Robin Clark

12 p.m.
Late Transfer Works by Robert Rauschenberg

Tomoko Kanamitsu, Introduction
Kaeleigh Thorp, The Object behind the Work: Notes on Rauschenberg’s Photographic Process
John Zarobell, Beyond Photographic Ontology: Response to ‘The Object behind the Work’
Emily Liebert, Rauschenberg's Active Images

2:30–3:30 p.m.
Gallery Talks

Indira Allegra on Robert Rauschenberg’s White Painting [three panel] (1951) and Pelican (1963)
Gregory G. Geiger on Robert Rauschenberg’s Scanning (1963)
Amanda Hunter Johnson on Robert Rauschenberg’s Hiccups (1978)
Peggy Phelan on Trisha Brown’s Glacial Decoy (1979)


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Responses

What aspect of Robert Rauschenberg’s use of photographic images is most relevant for you, or for artists working today?


Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules
November 18, 2017–March 25, 2018

From the 1940s until his passing in 2008, Rauschenberg worked with everything from photography to items scavenged from New York City streets to vats of bubbling mud.

Robert Rauschenberg Erases the Rules

From the 1940s until his passing in 2008, Rauschenberg worked with everything from photography to items scavenged from New York City streets to vats of bubbling mud. These stories celebrate the artist’s razor-sharp humor and intelligence and his continual experimentation with materials and collaborative working processes.

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