Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) is considered one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century. His nuanced approach to the popular culture that surrounded him and the history of art that preceded him made his voice unique. But does his inclusion in the canon of art history prevent us (viewers firmly rooted in contemporary ways of looking) from seeing his artwork as the incisive commentary that it remains?
Taking its name from Gloria (1956), an iconic work by Rauschenberg in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, this exhibition explores the interests and actions of Rauschenberg in the 1950s through a younger set of eyes, those of internationally acclaimed artist Rachel Harrison (b. 1966), who has become known for her original approach to art-making that simultaneously addresses and analyzes the conventions of art and mass culture.
An amalgam of artistic innovation, pop culture trivia, wry humor, and sharp critique, Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison juxtaposes these two unconventional thinkers, featuring landmark Combine works and photographs by Rauschenberg alongside a grouping of pivotal sculptures and drawings by Harrison.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
This exhibition was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Untitled, 2012. Rachel Harrison (American, b. 1966). Colored pencil on paper; 56.8 x 70.8 cm. Private collection, New York. Courtesy Greene Naftali, New York. Photo: John Berens.