RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix in the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will remain open until January 24 with a fresh look.
“The show was remixed and reinstalled for the New Year using chance operations,” said Gallery Director Jade Dellinger.
Each of the exhibited pieces – with the exception of Rauschenberg’s 100-foot long seamless photograph entitled Chinese Summerhall – have been reordered within the gallery. For those who saw China/America Mix in 2014, revisiting in January will be a completely different experience, explained Dellinger.
Chinese Summerhall, created by Bob Rauschenberg in 1984, is the focal point of the exhibition, which also features Rauschenberg’s seven Chinese Characters collages and other photographs the artist took while in China.
RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix was inspired by Rauschenberg’s visits to China in the 1980s where he completed work on a number of collages and mounted the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) exhibition at the National Gallery in Beijing. His ROCI/China show was open for less than three weeks and attracted more than 300,000 visitors.
This installation had also marked Rauschenberg’s sixteenth one-man show at FSW since the gallery was founded in 1979 and renamed in his honor in 2004.
FineMark National Bank & Trust in Fort Myers, a long-time supporter of FSW by providing over $100,000 in programs and scholarships, sponsored the show.
For more information about the gallery or upcoming events, visit www.RauschenbergGallery.com or call (239) 489-9313.
About The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery:
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery was founded as The Gallery of Fine Art in 1979 on the Lee County campus of Florida SouthWestern State College/FSW (then Edison Community College). On June 4, 2004 the Gallery of Fine Art was renamed the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, to honor and commemorate our long time association and friendship with the artist. Over more than three decades until his death, the Gallery worked closely with Rauschenberg to present world premiere exhibitions including multiple installations of the ¼ Mile or Two Furlong Piece. The artist insisted on naming the space the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (versus the “Robert Rauschenberg Gallery”) as it was consistent with the intimate, informal relationship he maintained with both our local Southwest Florida community and FSW.
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