Feb 25, 2019

New board members will counsel and support the Foundation’s advancement of Robert Rauschenberg’s legacy of fearless and innovative creativity.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announced today the appointment of three distinguished experts in modern and contemporary art to its Board of Directors. The newest board members include: Dr. Kellie Jones, Professor in Art History and Archaeology and the Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University; Dr. Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art; and A.C. Hudgins, a well-known collector of African-American art with experience in the field of finance.

“Kellie, Glenn, and A.C. are intimately involved with the creative lives of artists across the globe and firm believers that the foundation’s artistic and philanthropic programs must reflect Rauschenberg’s own fearlessly experimental and collaborative approach to living and working,” said Kathy Halbreich, executive director of the organization. “Indeed, Bob’s own values provide us with unusual freedom to be nimble in how we work and iconoclastic in what we support; these three new board members, each leaders in their fields, understand the particular relevance of Bob’s work to artists working today, and his legacy will benefit greatly due to these highly-respected individuals’ expertise and passion.”

Dr. Kellie Jones – the daughter of poets Hettie Jones and Amiri Baraka – is a scholar and accomplished curator of exhibitions at various institutions, including the Hammer and Brooklyn museums. As a respected professor and researcher, she examines African-American and African Diaspora artists, Latinx and Latin-American artists, and issues in contemporary art and museum theory. Dr. Jones is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including a grant from Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation, a term as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Terra Foundation in France, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Dr. Jones received her Ph.D from Yale University in 1999.

Additionally, Dr. Glenn D. Lowry, as the director of The Museum of Modern Art for nearly 25 years and an Islamist by training, provides the Foundation with a global overview of artists and the institutions that support them in a rapidly changing world. Lowry leads a staff of over 750 people and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. He is strong advocate of contemporary art and publishes widely. Lowry is a member of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Board of Trustees, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. He also serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and is a Trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors. In 2004, the French government honored Mr. Lowry with the title of Officier dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Mr. Lowry obtained a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Williams College, Williamstown, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history of art from Harvard University.

Finally, the Foundation is thrilled to welcome A.C. Hudgins to the board. Hudgins is a private collector of African-American art, including early works by David Hammons, Senga Nengudi and Henry Taylor. He has been on the Board of Trustees at the Museum of Modern Artsince 2012 and has donated several iconic African-American pieces to the museum’s collection. Additionally, he serves as Board President Emeritus of the Harlem Stage.

Since 2012, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has worked to extend the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg’s innovative work and increase the breadth of artists who follow in his activist footsteps through new scholarship, exhibition planning, philanthropic initiatives, and residencies.

Feb 5, 2019

2019 Archives Research Residency Grantees

The Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients for the 2019 Rauschenberg Foundation Archives Research Residency, a program for individuals interested in researching in the Rauschenberg Foundation Archives in New York City. This year’s winners, from six different countries, will be in residence at the Foundation throughout 2019.

Visit the Archives Research Residency webpage to learn more about the program as well as the 2019 residents and their research projects. 

Feb 1, 2019

2018-19 CIR Jason Neve demonstrates pasta making to artists-in-residence Amanda Galvan Huynh, Elizabeth Schwaiger, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya.

Chefs at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply by March 10, 2019.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation announces an open call for applications to be the next Chef in Residence at its artists’ residency program in Captiva Island, Florida. The position begins on June 3, 2019, and is for one year.

Inaugurated in 2016, the Chef-in-Residence (CIR) program at the Rauschenberg Residency is an annual opportunity for a chef to participate in an active artists’ community while also focusing on community outreach to help the Foundation strengthen its relationships with organizations across the region.

The CIR program aligns with the Foundation’s focus on environmental conservation and stewardship, and social activism stemming from Robert Rauschenberg’s longstanding concern for the safekeeping of the environment, the notion of individual responsibility, and his love of food and cooking for family and friends.

The CIR prepares meals for the artists in residence, while continuing to implement and maintain sustainable practices; build on and continue partnerships with local farmers, purveyors, and community; reduce waste; and integrate produce grown on the residency land and garden.

Located on Robert Rauschenberg’s former property on Captiva Island, Florida, the Rauschenberg Residency welcomes 70 artists each year to live and work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. The property spans 20 acres and includes nine buildings, a 3,600-square-foot vegetable garden, and 12 beehives.

Current CIR Jason Neve says of the experience, “Cooking for a collaborative and creative community on a daily basis, while having face-to-face feedback and conversation about meals, has reminded me why I am a chef: to cook delicious food and provide people with joy and nourishment.”

Applications are being accepted now through March 10, 2019. Chefs from all over the world and at all stages of their careers are encouraged to apply. For more information about the position and the application process, please visit: rauschenbergfoundation.org/residency/chef-residence