Dec 22, 2015

Shirin Neshat, Ghada and Sayed, 2013. Images courtesy Gladstone Gallery

With support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Shirin Neshat created a series of portraits titled Our House is On Firea project that explored Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. The foundation is donating two limited edition prints from this series to thirty-three colleges and universities around the world.

​“Neshat's project embodies Rauschenberg’s own belief that art could change the dialogue for challenging international issues,” said Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. “Our goal with this donation is to encourage dialogue about the portraits’ artistic, cultural, and political value while also creating an opportunity for academic departments to collaborate with school museums and galleries.”

The selected institutions submitted proposals on how they would incorporate the portraits into their curriculum in a way that was committed to using them to foster challenging conversations on a range of issues. A few innovative ideas include displaying the prints in Columbia Law School and using them as case studies for human rights issues, and hosting a panel discussion on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism at University of Pennsylvania.

See the full list of recipients >

Dec 18, 2015

The Anagram Series: Rauschenberg at Work, 2015. Video: color, 4 minutes 32 seconds. Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. Original film footage shot by Film Odyssey, Inc., for the PBS documentary Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius. Courtesy Film Odyssey, Inc. All rights reserved. Licensed by Pace 2015.

The foundation is pleased to announce that Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun) will remain on view at Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, until January 16, 2016. The exhibition showcases three powerful late series, begun in the mid-1990s, where Rauschenberg made digital color transfers from his own photographs, often taken during his extensive world travels.

The Anagrams series (1995-7) first premiered at Pace in 1996, in an exhibition organized by the gallery’s founder, Arne Glimcher. Glimcher’s reminiscences of Rauschenberg and the Anagrams exhibition at Pace are recorded in his newly released Oral History interview, conducted for the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History project in partnership with the Columbia Center for Oral History Research. 

The foundation is also delighted to share two short films of Rauschenberg created from outtakes of a film directed by Karen Thomas, Inventive Genius (1999). Shown for the first time at Pace Gallery with the current exhibition, Rauschenberg at Work documents the artist creating transfer works, while Rauschenberg at Pace records the artist and Glimcher discussing the installation of the original Anagrams exhibition in 1996. Footage courtesy of Film Odyssey, Inc. 

Dec 16, 2015

Rauschenberg with his silkscreen painting Windward (1963), ca. 1967. Photography Collection, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Archives, New York. 

The foundation is pleased to announce a new licensing and cause marketing initiative, which will celebrate Rauschenberg’s role among twentieth century artists, as well as his activism and generosity.

Companies will partner with the foundation to use Rauschenberg’s art to develop products and create awareness of key social issues important to the artist, such as art and education, environmental protection, and global freedom of expression. 

The launch of this program will coincide with a series of Rauschenberg Retrospectives. The first exhibition will be held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China (Summer 2016) followed by a major retrospective opening at the Tate Modern in London (Fall 2016), which will then travel to the Museum of Modern Art in New York (Spring 2017), and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (Fall 2017).

Read full press release >

Dec 8, 2015

Rising Water residents working together in Captiva, FL. Video by Dancing Camera

In the spring of 2015 twenty artists and scientists were invited by the Foundation to convene in Captiva, Florida for the first-ever Rauschenberg Residency focused on climate change.

Curated by the artists Buster Simpson and Laura Sindell, the "Rising Waters Confab" was designed to spark a productive dialogue amongst scientists, activists, artists, island dwellers, and others, and work toward addressing the realities of sea level rise.

Some of the concepts generated during the residency have served as catalysts for projects taking place at ArtCOP21, a global festival of cultural activity on climate change happening now through December 11 in 51 countries around the world. One of these events is L’Arctique est Paris (created and produced by Mel Chin, Gretel Ehrlich, Ed Morris, Helen Nagge) a film project with the message that "the Arctic drives the climate of the world."Another is a video installation, The Lost Defenders (created and produced by Orion Cruz and Mika Yamaguchi) about those on the frontlines of the struggle to protect what’s left of our environment. Back in Florida, the City of Hialeah presents CLIMA by Xavier Cortada.

In his summary document about the Confab Buster Simpson writes: The intent of the Rising Waters Confab was to further Rauschenberg’s lifelong approach to use art as a catalyst for social and environmental change, and to bring together artists, scientists, and other creative thinkers in this endeavor. This powerful new video filmed during Rising Waters Confab reveals how the Rauschenberg Residency serves as an effective platform for cross-disciplinary approaches to problem solving and the cultivation of ideas that become motivators for action. 

Watch the Rising Waters Confab video >

Learn more about Rising Waters Confab >

Dec 4, 2015

Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg: ROCI Works from the National Gallery of Art, Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland, December 5, 2015  – March 6, 2016. All artwork by Robert Rauschenberg: Cuban Acre / ROCI CUBA, 1988; Narcissus / ROCI USA (Wax Fire Works), 1990; Untitled (Tire for Rose), 1995; Seminole Host / ROCI USA (Wax Fire Works), 1990; and Tibetan Garden Song / ROCI TIBET, 1996. Photo by George Holzer.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of Robert Rauschenberg: ROCI Works from the National Gallery of Art and Robert Rauschenberg: Kyoto, Sri Lanka, and Thai Drawings at the Academy Art Museum (AAM), Easton, Maryland. Also on view at the AAM is the The ROCI Road to Peace: Experiments in the Unfamiliar, an exhibition curated by the 2014 winner of the Robert Rauschenberg Emerging Curator Competition, Nicole Bray. The Emerging Curator competition, a partnership between the foundation and Artsy, received proposals from Brazil, France, Iran, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, the United Kingdom, and the United States. All three exhibitions are on view at the Museum through March 6, 2016, and at Artsy

The Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI, 1984–1991), focused primarily on countries around the world where artistic dialogue had been strained or suppressed with the aim of promoting cross-cultural understanding through art. Bray’s exhibition envisions what a ROCI of today might look like, specifically examining how contemporary art utilizes technology to challenge and transcend geographic borders. Included are works by contemporary artists —Fikret Atay, Yto Barrada, Alfredo Jaar, Jawshing Arthur Liou, Pedro Reyes, Sebastian Schmieg, and Malgosia Woźnica—who share Rauschenberg’s belief in the power of art to catalyze positive social change. Also included digitally are Bray’s selections from an international call for student artists whose works share in the original spirit of ROCI. The emerging artists selected by Bray are Andrew Dines, Matthew Flores, Jeffrey Gomez, Ana Lucia Romero Rivero, and Ziyang Wu

The exhibitions are accompanied by a catalogue that includes contributions by AAM curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, Bray, and Donald Saff, the Artistic Director of ROCI. Saff’s interview for the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History project, conducted by the foundation in partnership with the Columbia Center for Oral History Research, can be found on the foundation website. On January 29th at 6:00 pm. Saff will speak on his longtime collaboration with the artist as part of the Kittredge-Wilson lecture series at the AAM.