Tom Folland speaks about Robert Rauschenberg at RAFFMA


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Visit the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at California State University, San Bernardino for a special lecture, “Between Action Painting and Objecthood: Robert Rauschenberg’s Red Paintings and Theater,” by Tom Folland, on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5-6:15 p.m. in the museum’s main gallery.

Rauschenberg was an American painter, graphic artist and sculptor. He also worked with photography, printmaking, papermaking and performance art.

Rauschenberg is well known for his art work, “Combines,” in which he used innovative combinations of non-traditional materials and objects. The “Red Painting” series was a forerunner of Rauschenberg’s well-known “Combine” series and was created with different kinds of red paint application. The paintings included other unusual materials, such as wood, nails and newsprint, creating unique painting surfaces.

Folland is a Los Angeles-based modern and contemporary art historian. He is the author of “Robert Rauschenberg’s Queer Modernism: the Early Combines and Decoration,” published in the December 2010 issue of The Art Bulletin, and most recently he wrote a catalogue essay “Out of Line: Habib Zamani’s Recent Paintings” for CB1 Gallery, Los Angles 2012.  His lecture is from a book in progress on Rauschenberg’s 1950s “Combines.”

Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg

The lecture is free and open to the public. Parking at CSUSB is $5. For more information, call the museum at (909) 537-7373.


The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art is a nationally recognized museum accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a Washington D.C.-based  organization whose members must meet the highest standards in securing accreditation. Over its 16-year history, RAFFMA has accumulated a permanent collection of nearly 1,200 objects focusing on Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art. Located at Cal State San Bernardino, RAFFMA houses the largest permanent and public display of Egyptian art in Southern California.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $5 per vehicle.

The museum is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and is closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website.