Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Rauschenberg working on a solvent transfer drawing in his Front Street studio, New York, 1958. Work in background is Untitled (1955). Photo by Jasper Johns (detail)

Rauschenberg

1925-2008

A native Texan, Robert Rauschenberg served in the U.S. Navy before studying art at the Kansas City Art Institute, Academie Julian in Paris, and Black Mountain College in North Carolina. In 1949 he moved to New York City and challenged the status quo with his Combines. Rauschenberg continued to break the mold throughout his career.

News

Dancers

Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled [Cunningham dancers], 1961

Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has partnered with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer a new grant program called Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants. The program will initially provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers who have experienced dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack or imminent endangerment of essentials such as housing, medicine/healthcare, utilities, and food.
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Rauschenberg at home

Robert Rauschenberg in the kitchen of his home and studio at 381 Lafayette Street, 1968. Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust

Now Online: A Conversation

We are pleased to share the newly published A Conversation with Kathy Halbreich, David White, Rachel Harrison, and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste. They met at the foundation’s office in January 2020 to reflect on Rauschenberg’s generative legacy and the conditions of making art today.
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Rauschenberg in studio

Robert Rauschenberg and his dog Laika in his Broadway studio, 1965. Photo: Attributed to Ugo Mulas

Job Post:  Project Manager for the Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné

In its stewardship of Rauschenberg’s artistic legacy, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is undertaking the first Catalogue Raisonné dedicated to the sixty-year career of this protean artist. As part of this project we are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for an experienced Project Manager to oversee this multifaceted project.
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Artwork

Artwork

Art & Archives

Working in a wide range of materials, techniques, and disciplines, Rauschenberg is celebrated as a forerunner for nearly every art movement since Abstract Expressionism. Become acquainted with Rauschenberg's art and life through highlights from his career and the Foundation's archives.

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Artist

Oral History

The Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project, undertaken in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, is a collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist's family, friends, and many collaborators. To date, we have released thirty-three oral histories to the public.

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Archives

Collections

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career. This rich resource includes the artist’s personal writings, sketches, correspondence, and audiovisual material, as well as documentary photographs and records from his collaborators.  

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Programs

Collaborations

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation supports programs for artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same innovative, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

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Residency

Experimentation

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation hosts residencies at the Foundation’s New York headquarters and at the artist’s former Captiva, Florida home and studio. These residencies are designed to provide time and space for research and artistic experimentation across the disciplines.

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Foundation

Mission and Vision

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was founded by the artist in 1990, and transitioned to its current mission in 2012 – to foster the artistic and philanthropic legacy of Robert Rauschenberg through scholarship, grants, and a residency program.