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Friday, May 31 • 3:00pm - 3:20pm
(Contemporary Art Session 1) Robert Rauschenberg at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: an Online Scholarly Catalogue

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is fortunate to possess an outstanding collection of works by the late Robert Rauschenberg. The collection includes early paintings that depart from typical painting practice, fragile mixed-media collage, graphic works that defy the traditional use of paper media, and sculptures incorporating found objects. The Rauschenberg holdings at SFMOMA were substantially expanded in 1999 when works which were retained in the artist’s own collection were made available for acquisition by the museum.

SFMOMA honors Robert Rauschenberg’s legacy by exhibiting, lending and studying these works while taking appropriate conservation measures to insure that the Rauschenberg collection will be exhibited and enjoyed in perpetuity. The SFMOMA conservation and curatorial staff have worked closely with the Rauschenberg Foundation throughout the accession process and during subsequent study of the collection.

In 2009, SFMOMA received a planning grant from the Getty Foundation’s Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative to catalogue all eighty-eight works by Robert Rauschenberg in the permanent collection. A second award was received in early 2012 to support the full implementation of the online catalogue. The Getty Online Scholarly Catalogue has provided a special opportunity for SFMOMA’s conservation staff to study the museum’s Rauschenberg collection in depth, and to treat several of these masterpieces.

The Online Scholarly Catalogue will introduce readers to information that has been previously difficult, if not impossible, to access via traditional hard-copy publications.

The website will present interviews with Rauschenberg, documentation which captures SFMOMA staff visits to the artist’s foundation, and will offer a record of the creation of mock-ups and conservation treatments of the artist’s works. A study of the materials Rauschenberg used to create his art and ephemera related to his art works will also be featured on the website. The Online Scholarly Catalogue is scheduled to launch in summer 2013, resulting in SFMOMA’s first scholarly publication online. The material presented in the Online Catalogue will surely captivate scholars, professionals, experts and a lay audience who all share an interest in Robert Rauschenberg’s oeuvre.

This presentation will focus on several Rauschenberg works, including two from the early 1950’s: Untitled (glossy black painting) and White Painting (three panel), along with Collection, a 1954 combine painting. Each of these works presents conservation, preservation and installation challenges, and each work was closely studied during the course of the Online Scholarly Catalogue project.

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Paula De Cristofaro, [PA]

Paintings Conservator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Paula De Cristofaro has worked in the SFMOMA Conservation Department since 1990. Prior to joining the staff at SFMOMA, she worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland Ohio. She completed the Conservation Training Program... Read More →

Friday May 31, 2013 3:00pm - 3:20pm EDT
JW Marriott White River Ballroom E 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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