Calling all curators! Artsy & the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation join to launch emerging curator competition

Rauschenberg and Walter Hopps discussing *Minutiae*(1954) during the installation of the retrospective exhibition *Robert Rauschenberg*, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1976.  Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni via Artsy.net

Rauschenberg and Walter Hopps discussing *Minutiae*(1954) during the installation of the retrospective exhibition *Robert Rauschenberg*, National Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 1976.  Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni via Artsy.net

On September 22 Artsy & the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s online competition for aspiring curators officially opened for entries. Through Artsy, participants will have access to images selected by the Rauschenberg Foundation and 40,000 other images provided by Artsy, its museum and institutional partners, which include the British Museum, Guggenheim Museum and the San Franscisco MoMA among others.

Robert Rauschenberg was an artist whose earlier pieces acted as a precursor to the pop-art movement. His later mixed media pieces gained attention for their incorporation of unexpected materials. With the intention of emulating Rauschenberg’s tendency towards the unexpected, the jury is seeking out young curators whose proposals connect the unexpected and bring about new and surprising questions through their curatorial decisions. The winner of the competition will receive three awards for their proposal: a letter of award signed by the panel of judges, an online exhibition on Artsy.net of their proposal and finally a curatorial fellowship and honorarium which will allow the winner to curate works from the Rauschenberg Foundation loan bank art collection to create an exhibition at the winner’s academic institution. Hopefully this will happen right here at SLC’s Barbara Walters gallery!

“This competition is directly in line with Rauschenberg’s ambition to break down barriers and make art more accessible,” said Christy MacLear, Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, “...This project will inspire new research and ideas from students who might otherwise have limited access to Rauschenberg’s works.”

The competition is now open globally. Deadline for submissions will be the 20th of October, 2014.

For more information on how to enter, click here.

Read more about Robert Rauschenberg at Artsy.net

by Nabila Wirakusumah '17
Web Editor
nwirakusumah@gm.slc.edu

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