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Monday, November 27, 2017

NORTHERN CAL I Inside-Out Tour of Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules at SFMOMA, Private Curator-Led Exhibition Tour and Exclusive Access to the SFMOMA Conservation Lab

Date(s): November 27, 2017

Time: 9:45 AM  PST - 12:00 PM  PST

SFMOMA 151 3rd Street San Francisco, CA


Guests | $50
(fee does not include museum general admission, please arrange on your own, in advance of the program)

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Just days after the much-anticipated exhibition opens to the public, Sarah Roberts, SFMOMA’s Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture, will lead our group through a private exhibition tour of Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules.

ArtTable Members will also be given special behind-the-scenes access to SFMOMA’s conservation lab, where Michelle Barger, Head of Conservation will show us where the magic happens! Barger’s team prepared artworks for the exhibition and will share interesting stories around this complex undertaking.

”From the 1940s until his passing in 2008, Rauschenberg worked with everything from photography to items scavenged from New York City streets to vats of bubbling mud. More than 150 of Rauschenberg’s artworks, including prints, sculptures, paintings, and Combines (works that incorporate painting and sculpture), will be on view in the retrospective Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, celebrating the artist’s continual experimentation with materials and collaborative working processes. The exhibition demonstrates how, with razor-sharp humor and intelligence, Rauschenberg broke down boundaries between disciplines, anticipated many of the defining cultural and social issues of our time, and redefined what art could be for the generations of artists who followed."  

Sarah Roberts is the primary author and project director for the museum’s Rauschenberg Research Project. Additionally, Roberts has worked closely with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, conducted numerous interviews with studio assistants, friends, and colleagues of the artist, and collaborated intensively with SFMOMA’s conservation staff.

Michelle Barger is Head of Conservation at SFMOMA, where she oversees a department of conservators with expertise in paintings, paper, objects, photography and electronic media specialties.

The exhibition and conservation tour will each last approximately 1 hour.. To accommodate capacity restrictions, our group will be split into two and the tours will take place simultaneously – please be prepared to be assigned to a group to visit conservation first, or the exhibition first. Thank you for being flexible with these arrangements.

Thank you to SFMOMA, Sarah Roberts, and Michelle Barger for their participation and to Maren Jones for organizing this program.


mage: Robert Rauschenberg, Hiccups, 1978; solvent transfer and fabric with metal zippers on 97 sheets of handmade paper, 9 in. x 752 in. (22.86 cm x 1910.08 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Gift of the artist in honor of Phyllis C. Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
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