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Rauschenberg Opening Event Thursday 7 PM
An exhibition spanning six decades of works by Robert Rauschenberg opens Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Curated by a Duke faculty member and several students, "Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting," offers a fresh look at 34 works of art that the artist reserved in his own collection. The exhibition, on view through Jan. 11, 2015, originated at Duke in collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in New York. Two gallery pavilions organized into eight sections also include works by artists in the Nasher Museum’s collection, with special emphasis on Soviet nonconformists and conceptual art of the 1980s and 1990s on view for the first time. The exhibition also features 24 works from the newly acquired gift of more than 50 works by San Francisco artist Bruce Conner.
The exhibition includes drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fresco, assemblage, photography and film.
“This is an exciting moment for the Nasher Museum as we present stunning work by Rauschenberg, one of the most important artists of contemporary art, alongside some art in our collection that has never been shown before at the Nasher Museum,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “The show beautifully reflects the Nasher’s mission to work closely with Duke faculty and students and support new research while also sharing great art with the community.”
The exhibition will be complemented by free programs and events, including an opening talk by Professor Kristine Stiles, curator of the exhibition and France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m.; a talk by artist Vitaly Komar (formerly collaborating with Alexander Melamid) on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.; Family Day events; public library lectures; sketching in the gallery; teacher workshops and more.
Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) came to national attention in his early 20s. He was born in Texas and spent his adult life on the East Coast. In 1951, Rauschenberg began creating monochrome paintings, and by 1954 had developed his famous Combine paintings.
Notoriously eclectic, Rauschenberg worked in many mediums. He considered himself a reluctant radical, making change a constant in his art, and eluding the efforts of others to categorize his style.
"Visitors will encounter unique conversations among the visual vocabularies of the artists in this exhibition, which honors the spirit of Rauschenberg in fostering connections to and exchanges with and among artists," said curator Kristine Stiles. "This exhibition is about looking long and hard at Rauschenberg and his dialogue with other artists in order to see the art afresh."
Stiles curated the exhibition with the assistance of Duke undergraduates Lauren Acampora, Katherine Hardiman, Emma Hart, Jacqueline Samy and Taylor Zakarin, who graduated with distinction for their work on the project. An online catalogue, featuring essays by Stiles and her students, is funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Rauschenberg: Collecting & Connecting is made possible by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York. At the Nasher Museum, the exhibition is made possible by Trent Carmichael; David L. Paletz Innovative Teaching Funds; Office of Academic Affairs, Trinity College, Duke University; Parker and Otis; and Nancy A. Nasher and David Haemisegger.
The Nasher Museum, at 2001 Campus Drive at Anderson Street on the Duke campus, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays. Admission (except for ticketed exhibitions) is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and members of the Duke Alumni Association with I.D. card, $3 for non-Duke students with identification and free for children 15 and younger. Admission (except for ticketed exhibitions) is free to all on Thursday nights. Admission is free to Duke students, faculty and staff with a Duke ID. Admission is also free to Nasher Museum members.
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