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2017 Artist as Activist Fellows Announced

Jul 7, 2017
Today we announced the recipients of our 2017 Artist as Activist fellowship , a two-year grant designed to support the growing body of accomplished independent artists and artist collectives who are applying their creative practices to address critical social challenges. This year’s cohort features artists who are leveraging multimedia, performance, and cultural organizing to draw specific attention to the ways in which the prison-industrial complex disproportionately affects generations of immigrants and people of color in the United States. Using various artistic strategies, the 2017...
Residency 26 Artists

Meet the Artists: Rauschenberg Residency 26

Jun 6, 2017
Visit the Artists-in-Residence page to learn more about this group of artists.
 A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth)
Timelapse video of the installation of A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth) at MASS MoCA

A Quake in Paradise at Mass MOCA

May 5, 2017
Rauschenberg’s A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth) will be on view at MASS MoCA from May 28, 2017–May 26, 2018. This site specific work invites viewers to move through — and become a part of — a maze-like installation of panels. This will be the first time the work is on view in over a decade. It is shown in tandem with The Lurid Attack of the Monsters from the Postal News Aug 1875 , a work from the Kabal American Zephyr series, which was inspired by the macabre work of nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock printmaker Tsukioka Yoshitoshi .
Photo: Courtesy Williams College Museum of Art

First exhibition to make extensive use of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation archives

Mar 3, 2017
Robert Rauschenberg: Autobiography brings together 26 original works of art with 56 archival objects primarily on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and centers on the artist’s monumental print, Autobiography , 1968. The exhibition will be on view at WCMA from March 17 through August 20, 2017. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has been processing the artist’s archives over the last two years and recently made them fully accessible to scholars. The Foundation’s “Shuffle” program facilitates collaborations with college and university museums, in which works from the Foundation’s art...
Rauschenberg with transfer drawings by Jasper Johns

Robert Rauschenberg Retrospective Opens at Tate Modern

Dec 12, 2016
Robert Rauschenberg presents a holistic and multifaceted overview of the artist’s prolific career. In addition to key examples from Rauschenberg’s iconic “Combines” series, the exhibition showcases the artist’s innovative experiments with media appropriation, technology, and performance, as well as the global impact of his career, particularly through his close partnerships with artists across Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Tate Modern’s presentation begins with an examination of Rauschenberg’s early works, which were largely influenced by his formative years at Black Mountain College,...
Refugee Resilience
2016 Artist as Activist Fellow Favianna Rodriguez 

Foundation Announces Open Call to Address Mass Incarceration For Second Consecutive Year

Sep 9, 2016
Today we announce the open call for the Artist as Activist Fellowship . We invite creative professionals who use their practice to address the intersecting issues of racial justice and mass incarceration to seek up to $100,000 in support. Deadline to apply is December 7, 2016 . 2015 was a remarkable year for Criminal Justice reform. From extensive media coverage to the passage of a national bill that limits mandatory sentences for nonviolent offenders, advocates who have worked tirelessly to end mass incarceration saw reform at the forefront of national conversation, illuminating the...
TAIYA Winners Headshots
From top left, clockwise: Blair Katherine Betik, Qiong (Voyo) Wu, Natalia Gabrielsen, Lauren Blankenship and Mekia “Machine” Denby.

Winners Announced for Student Competition "This Art is Your Art"

Jul 7, 2016
We are pleased today to announce the winners of This Art Is Your Art , an online competition that invited graduate and undergraduate students in the United States to create videos responding to works of art in the White House. The competition was hosted by the White House Historical Association, Artsy and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. A panel of eight renowned artists, educators, museum professionals and public figures judged the videos created by the students. The winners were selected on the basis of the creativity, relevancy and production value of their projects: Blair Katherine...
Chasin Mosters From Under The Bed, 2015
Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD), "Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed," 2015. A performance addressing police violence and mental illness. Photo: LAPD

Ten Artists to Receive Two-Year Grants for Projects Addressing the Epidemic of Mass Incarceration in the U.S.

Jun 6, 2016
Today we announced the ten artists and artist collectives selected for the 2016 Artist as Activist Fellowship— the Foundation’s two-year grant program designed to support independent artists and artist collectives who tackle important social challenges through their creative practice. With 2.2 million people currently in U.S. prisons or jails, the growth rates of this industry combined with the disproportionate number of people of color locked up, mass incarceration is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The Rauschenberg Foundation believes that artists are key partners in addressing...

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