April 21, 2017
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
381 Lafayette Street, NYC
For AFA Members Only
From 1965-1970, the artist Robert Rauschenberg lived and worked in a five-story Northern Renaissance Revival town house on Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Purchased from a Catholic mission, the artist used the building’s most unusual feature–a four-story chapel–as both a studio space for large-scale works and a space for public gatherings. Historic uses of the chapel include: a Rauschenberg-led press conference announcing 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering (1966), a silkscreen studio for Revolvers (1967) and Soundings (1968), and exhibition space for Oracle (1967). Today the building houses the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s offices as well as its archives, which contain the most comprehensive body of information on the artist’s life and career.
This intimate tour will bring visitors into the first-floor gallery (where a rotating exhibition of Rauschenberg’s work will be on view) and the chapel (which remains relatively untouched since the artist’s time). Julia Blaut, Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Megan Canning, Manager of Media & Special Projects, and Francine Snyder, Director of Archives and Scholarship will lead this special tour.
For more information about the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, please visit www.rauschenbergfoundation.org.
Please note that the building is not open to the public and is not handicap accessible. There are stairs to enter the building and to access the chapel.