The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York invited Duke professor Kristine Stiles to organize an exhibition of works that the artist had reserved in his own collection alongside contemporary works from the Nasher Museum collection. Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History, & Visual Studies at Duke, worked with five Duke undergraduate students to organize Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting. The exhibition offered a fresh look at 34 stunning works by Rauschenberg spanning six decades. It was organized into eight sections throughout two gallery pavilions. Works from the Nasher Museum’s collection included Soviet nonconformists and conceptual art of the 1980s and 1990s – on view for the first time. Also featured were 24 works from a gift of more than 50 works by San Francisco artist Bruce Conner. The exhibition was accompanied by an online exhibition catalogue, published on the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation website, with essays by Stiles and student co-curators Lauren Acampora, Katherine Hardiman, Emma Hart, Jacqueline Samy and Taylor Zakarin.
IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: Robert Rauschenberg, All Abordello Doze 2 (Japanese Recreational Claywork), 1982. Transfer on high-fired Japanese art ceramic, 53 1/8 x 52 1/2 inches (134.9 x 133.4 cm). Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, New York. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York.
Curator and Duke professor Kristine Stiles visits the Nasher Museum’s study storage to examine works by Rauschenberg with Duke undergraduate co-curators Lauren Acampora, Katherine Hardiman, Emma Hart, Jacqueline Samy and Taylor Zakarin, who graduated with distinction for their work on the project. Photo by J Caldwell.
Robert Rauschenberg, Postcard Self-Portrait, Black Mountain (II), 1952. Gelatin silver print, 3 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches (8.3 x 14.3 cm). Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York, New York. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York.