Robert Rauschenberg was one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. He became famous for his Combines, works in which he used everyday objects and materials in innovative combinations. Lesser known are his philanthropic activities such as his Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI), a seven year, ten country tour through Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Venezuela, Beijing, Tibet, Japan, Malaysia, the Soviet Union, and Berlin. With ROCI, which he announced at the United Nations in 1984, he intended to encourage "world peace and understanding".
Robert Rauschenberg was convinced that "Art Can Change the World". In 1990 he formed the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF). With the RRF, Robert Rauschenberg wanted to promote awareness of the causes and groups close to his heart. Among the activities of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation have been grant making, educational programs and the support of environmental and humanitarian initiatives. Recently, the RRF has extended this scope with varied programs, including a new grant for artistic innovation and collaboration to fund small-to-medium arts organizations.
On the occasion of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's presentation of Rauschenberg's Cardboards series and Gluts series, VernissageTV met with the Executive Director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Christy MacLear, who tells us more about the Foundation's history, mission, grants and programs, and future presentations and activities:
The private presentation that the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation recently showed in its venue in New York, Robert Rauschenberg's former studio in Manhattan, had its focus on two fascinating aspects of Robert Rauschenberg's oeuvre: the Cardboards series and the Gluts series. We were not only able to document the exhibition, but two renowned Robert Rauschenberg experts, Susan Davidson (curator at Guggenheim and RRF Board member) and David White (curator at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Board member) gave us an exclusive tour of the presentation and provided us with fascinating insights into Robert Rauschenberg's life and work:
A Visit to the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York City, May 18/21, 2012.
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