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Researcher, Catalogue Raisonné



JOB TITLE: Researcher, Catalogue Raisonné
REPORTS TO: Senior Researcher, Catalogue Raisonné
DEPARTMENT: Curatorial    
LOCATION: New York City

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation expands the legacy of artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly in the power of art as a catalyst for social change. The Foundation delivers on its mission through ongoing research and support for exhibitions, while sustaining the well-being of innovative artists and the work of socially engaged institutions that embody the same risk-taking, inclusive, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors. 

The Foundation primarily supports small to midsize arts and socially engaged organizations that are contrarian and experimental, even courageous, in driving towards equity. In addition, the Foundation amplifies the creative life of artists and scholars across the disciplines through residencies, commissions, and accessible public platforms. Finally, the Foundation supports research, exhibitions, publications, academic partnerships, and special projects across the globe that promote the legacy of Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making work while living an empathetic and meaningful life.

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. In its entirety, the Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné of Painting and Sculpture will be comprised of approximately 3,000 of artworks and will be published in a digital format. The catalogue will contain all that is found in a conventional catalogue raisonné. In keeping with Rauschenberg’s own expansive artistic philosophy, however, we also intend to engage a broader audience and to include writers with various areas of interest and expertise; beyond art historians, there will be writings by social historians, conservators, and practicing artists, among others. With a multitude of diverse voices, it is our intention to present a range of perspectives that is commensurate with, and at times even goes beyond, the expansiveness of Rauschenberg’s thinking as well as his spirit of inclusivity. Furthermore, we will make use of all the technical possibilities of a digital publication to demonstrate Rauschenberg’s interests, processes, and collaborations.


The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation seeks two full-time Researchers to join the Catalogue Raisonné team. Reporting to the Senior Researcher, the Researchers will assist with research for object entries that will be published in the Robert Rauschenberg Catalogue Raisonné. The first release covering the years 1948 to 1953 will be published digitally in 2025.

Job responsibilities will include:
•    conducting research on individual artworks, including exhibition history, bibliographic, and provenance research
•    verifying and updating artwork records (inputting and cleaning data, linking records)
•    conducting research at libraries and archives as necessary
•    communicating with museums, auction houses, galleries, and private collectors to update object histories
•    assisting authors of catalogue raisonné essays with research
•    persistent, self-motivated follow-up until tasks are completed

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in art history and experience doing catalogue raisonné research or preparing museum/gallery publications, and should possess the following aptitudes and qualities:

•    experience researching bibliography, exhibition history, and/or provenance
•    familiarity with scholarly standards for research and documentation
•    experience entering data into a catalogue raisonné or collection database; familiar with FileMaker Pro or similar cataloging database system
•    meticulous attention to detail; able to manage and document large amounts of data with precision and consistency
•    superb administrative and communication skills (oral and written)
•    works well independently as well as collaboratively, in an open-plan office
•    excellent time management skills; able to plan and independently manage workload to meet short- and long-term project deadlines
•    strong interpersonal skills; able to work collaboratively with the Catalogue Raisonné team and colleagues across the Foundation, as well as interact with a wide range of people including curators, collectors, gallerists, and auction house personnel
•    discretion (must be willing to sign a confidentiality agreement)
•    proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, scanning software and hardware, and Adobe Photoshop
•    knowledgeable about or interested in the work of Robert Rauschenberg

Please note that the Rauschenberg Foundation has instituted protocols to ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes onsite, including a requirement that all staff and visitors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, other than accommodations required by law for religious or disability objections.


As an equal opportunity employer and in our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment, the Rauschenberg Foundation strives to attract a diverse mix of talented people. Individuals from historically underrepresented backgrounds in arts organizations are strongly encouraged to apply.


•    While largely sedentary, this position requires the ability to sit, stand, lift up to 50 lbs, as well as speak, and hear, sometimes for extended periods of time.
•    Requires the ability to use a computer and office equipment traditionally found in office.


Compensation is expected to be between $55,000–$65,000, commensurate with experience, and includes a competitive benefit package.


Please email a resume and cover letter to employment@rauschenbergfoundation.org. Please indicate “Application for Catalogue Raisonné Researcher” in the subject of your email. 

The application deadline is Tuesday, November 29, 2022.