Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison

Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison

The Cleveland Museum of Art

(1) Robert Rauschenberg, Gloria, 1956. (2) Rachel Harrison, Untitled, 2012.* 

June 19, 2015

Gloria: Robert Rauschenberg & Rachel Harrison
July 1–October 25, 2015

The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Taking its name from Gloria, 1956, an iconic Combine by Robert Rauschenberg in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, this exhibition explores the interests and actions of Robert Rauschenberg in the 1950s through a younger set of eyes: those of internationally acclaimed artist Rachel Harrison, who has become known for her original approach to art-making that simultaneously addresses and analyzes the conventions of art and mass culture, like Rauschenberg before her. 

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 amidst a grouping of pivotal sculptures and drawings by Harrison.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, Rachel Harrison: G•L•O•R•I•A, published by The Cleveland Museum of Art and Yale University Press, featuring contributions by Beau Rutland, Johanna Burton, Amy Adler, and new digital collages by Harrison created specifically for this project. 

Curator: Beau Rutland

Also on view at the CMA:

Ragnar Kjartansson: Song
June 28–August 16

In March 2011, Ragnar Kjartansson’s three nieces began singing a gentle folk song inspired by an Allen Ginsburg poem in the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of Sculpture, which was commissioned around 1900 by Andrew Carnegie in a neoclassical style. The singers repeated the elegiac refrain for six hours, while the performance was recorded by a single camera that rotated around the three youthful singers. This work, belonging to the museum’s permanent collection, will be shown at The Cleveland Museum of Art in an immersive environment swaddling the viewers in blue satin. 

*Images: (1) Robert Rauschenberg, Gloria, 1956. (American, 1925–2008). Oil, paper, fabric, newspaper, printed paper, and printed reproductions on canvas, 170.5 x 163.4 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of the Cleveland Society for Contemporary Art 1966.333. © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. (2) Rachel Harrison, Untitled, 2012. (American, b. 1966). Colored pencil on paper, 56.8 x 70.8 cm. Private collection, New York. Photo courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Photo: John Berens.


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