Hunter College, CUNY, Spring 2024

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation collaborated with the MA Program in the History of Art at Hunter College, City University of New York, on a seminar focused on Rauschenberg’s early photography (1950–53) and later related artworks. As part of a curatorial practicum course led by Maria Antonella Pelizzari, Professor of Art History at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, Hunter MA and MFA students curated An Archaeology in Time: Robert Rauschenberg’s Early Photography at the Foundation’s New York headquarters (May 9–Aug. 23, 2024). The students—Sophia DeLoatche, Alicia Ehni, Elisa Gutiérrez Eriksen, Yuya Kawata, Madison Lee, Antonia Machado Oliver, Katie Raudenbush, Elisa Russell, Devin Shaffer, Allie Taylor, Anika Zempleni, and Jani Zubkovs—also contributed to a digital brochure, having had the opportunity to research individual artworks in person and in the Foundation's archives. The brochure will be published on this page in May 2024.

As described by the student-curators: Photography for Rauschenberg was like an act of excavation of the textures, surfaces, and patterns perceived in the surrounding world: a generative archive that documented his visual discoveries of "complex facts."

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Robert Rauschenberg, From the Bleacher Series: Rome, 1952, 1990. Manipulated black-and-white Polaroid photographs on aluminum, 52 x 45 inches (132.1 x 114.3 cm). Robert Rauschenberg Foundation