Proposals for the Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition are due by Monday, October 20th. Have additional questions about this unique opportunity after reading the FAQs below and the Submission Instructions on Artsy? We’ll be answering questions via Twitter today (10/17)—tweet at @RRauschenberg and @artsy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does my proposal have to do with the exhibition I will curate if I win?
The top three proposals will be posted on Artsy.net where the public will vote on the winner of the competition. The winner will have an online exhibition, based on the winning proposal, on the Artsy and Rauschenberg Foundation websites. Furthermore, the winner will collaborate with the foundation to curate a “live” exhibition at the student’s home institution using work from the Rauschenberg Foundation’s collection.
I’m confused about what works I can and cannot include in my submission?
You may include any artworks from Artsy Institutional partners that are not for sale. These are listed on artsy.net/institutions and include works by Rauschenberg as well as any other artists represented here.
I recently graduated, and am not currently enrolled as a student. Can I submit a proposal and if selected exhibit at the university I recently graduated from?
No, the Emerging Curator Competition is open only to current undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.
Can I submit a proposal with a partner?
All proposals must be submitted under one name. You may collaborate with another student, however, there can only be one winning student.
Can I request an extension to submit a proposal?
We will not accept proposals past the deadline.
Photo: Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [Scatole Personali], 1953. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NYC
from UMMA’s collection: Flirt,Robert Rauschenberg 1979
The Rauschenberg Foundation, in partnership with Artsy, has created an Emerging Curator Competition open to undergraduate and graduate students, accepting submissions from September 22 through October 20. Win a chance to host a Rauschenberg Exhibition on your campus! Read more about the competition details here.
Remembering artist Robert Rauschenberg’s 1964 visit to Tokyo via our international art blog, post.
[Robert Rauschenberg creating Gold Standard during “Twenty Questions to Bob Rauschenberg,” at Sogetsu Art Center, Tokyo, November 28, 1964. Photograph by Masaaki Sekiya; courtesy Sogetsu Foundation Archives, Tokyo]
Installation view, Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, through January 11, 2015. Works pictured: Robert Rauschenberg, Summer Glut Breeze, 1987; Rauschenberg, Untitled (Faux-Tapis), 1995. Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion.
Aspiring curators of Tumblr, take note! The Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition, open to graduate and undergraduate students worldwide, is accepting submissions now through October 20, 2014. The winner will receive the opportunity to mount a Rauschenberg exhibition at his or her college or university.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Interview, 1955
If you haven’t been to our brand new website yet, check out http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org to browse hundreds of high-res images of artworks and archival materials, learn about Rauschenberg’s life and career, locate Rauschenberg works currently on view in exhibitions around the world, find out about #RRgrants opportunities, see beautiful photos from the Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, find out who will be in residence for the 2014-2015 season, and so much more. Please explore!
Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of an open call for proposals for our Artist as Activist grant program: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/newsfeed/philanthropy-action
Opportunities include a two-year fellowship for artists, designers, and other creative thinkers working to address problems facing societies in the US and beyond, as well as ongoing travel and research grants for similar artists.
The Artist as Activist program is designed in response to a growing body of artists working in service of a larger social purpose. The central goal of the Artist as Activist program is to ensure such artists have the kind of flexible support required to execute ambitious creative projects intended to move the needle on the critical issues of our times. An additional call for proposals, which will support innovative efforts to address climate change, will be announced in November.
Image: Rauschenberg’s “muse wall,” a collection of objects and images that inspired him, located in his print shop, Captiva, Florida, ca. 1979. Photo: Emil Fray
This early Rauschenberg transfer drawing is now on view, along with other gems from the Whitney Museum’s collection, in the exhibition Shaping a Collection: Five Decades of Gifts, on view through October 19.
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled, 1958. Solvent transfer on paper with graphite, gouache, watercolor, and paper, 24 1/8 × 36 1/8 inches (61.6 × 91.8 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Friedman. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, NYC
This fall, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is partnering with Artsy.net to launch the Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition. The competition is intended to foster a new generation of curators by providing online access to digital resources and collections, including works by Robert Rauschenberg, as well as to explore new curatorial perspectives, scholarship, and dialogues on art. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students around the world and will launch September 22, 2014, on Artsy.net.
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Image: Rauschenberg and curator Walter Hopps installing Rauschenberg’s “Minutiae” (1954) for his 1976 retrospective exhibition. Photo by Gianfranco Gorgoni, www.gianfrancogorgoni.it
"I try to use my art to communicate that you, yourself, must take responsibility for life on earth.” -Rauschenberg, 1987
Happy Earth Day!
Image: Robert Rauschenberg, Earth Day, 1970. Offset lithograph. © Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA NYC
As climate change poses increasing threats to our agriculture, MDNY artist Tattfoo Tan challenges us to reduce food waste by rethinking what produce should look like. In a new piece for Creative Time Reports, Tan shares creative techniques for salvaging deformed vegetables which, with a little love, are transformed into beautiful meals.
Photos by Tattfoo Tan, 2013
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (Venetian), 1973. Cardboard, string and newsprint, 62 x 97.5 x 17 in. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Gift of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Museum purchase through prior gifts of Barry Tenzer and Richard S. Zeisler Bequest, 2013.
For the Hyperallergic article US Museums Acquire Nine Works by Robert Rauschenberg, Hrag Vartanian spoke with Rauschenberg Foundation Senior Curator David White about the works recently acquired through our Gift/Purchase program: “Bob [Rauschenberg] is best known for the Combines in the 1950s. By and large, at this point, almost all of them are in them are in museum collections,” White says. “What we have in the foundation are some of the works that might be less well known … but the more you’re familiar with Bob’s work, the more you see they are related to each other. It’s not about stopping [at one thing], but it’s all about openness and his celebrating materials. He was very enthusiastic. He would say that he was happiest when he was getting up and going to his studio and working.”
Art © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/VAGA, NYC