Seven International Researchers Awarded 2024 Rauschenberg Foundation Archives Research Residency

Visual Arts


New York, NY – March 5, 2024 – The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce the 2024 recipients of its Archives Research Residency. The award allows researchers to access the Foundation’s wealth of archival information to inspire academic publications, exhibitions, artistic collaborations, and other multi-disciplinary practices. Residents will spend up to three weeks at the Foundation’s headquarters and Rauschenberg’s former home and studio at 381 Lafayette Street in New York City between April 4th and December 13th. The program has provided partial travel and living expenses for scholars to take advantage of the archives since 2018.

This year’s researchers are Jonah Bokaer (Hudson, New York, USA), Christian de Mouilpied Sancto (Montreal, Canada), Rachel Fensham (Melbourne, Australia), Giorgio Motisi (Palermo, Italy), Blake Oetting (Brooklyn, New York, USA), Jonathan Rajewski (Detroit, Michigan, USA), and Inés Vallejo (Madrid, Spain). Their research interests span civil and human rights, Italian visual culture, and nonhuman performance art. Previous residents have initiated plans for major exhibitions, published scholarly articles, and created a self-published artist’s book.

The Foundation houses the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career, with archival materials including correspondence, photographs, personal notes, and records accessible for use. Keeping in the spirit of Rauschenberg’s expansive interdisciplinary practice, the residency is not limited to use for art historic purposes and projects are not required to focus on Rauschenberg himself. Creativity is encouraged.

Further information about the 2024 Researchers in Residence, their upcoming scholarly projects, and the Archives Research Residency program is available at the Foundation’s website.


About The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation builds on the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) who believed strongly that creative practitioners could serve as catalysts for social change. He enthusiastically embraced chance and the everyday and was an eager and gifted collaborator, breaking disciplinary boundaries by experimenting with scientists, performers, and visual artists. As such, we celebrate new and even untested ways of thinking and acting.

The Foundation maintains residencies for artists and scholars in Captiva, Florida, and in its New York archives, and operates a philanthropic program that supports small to midsize arts and socially engaged organizations that are experimental in approach and drive towards equity. Additionally, it promotes in-depth research and partnerships for staff, curators, critics, scholars, and students that open the artist’s life and work to wider interpretation and understanding, and supports exhibitions, publications, and special projects across the globe that reflect Rauschenberg’s joyful, responsive, and irreverent approach to making art while living an empathetic and meaningful life.


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