One of the most pioneering artists of the last century, Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) produced a diverse body of work characterized by experimentation, the use of varied mediums and methods, and cross-cultural exchange. Read one of our staff writer’s review HERE, or visit the Exhibitions Revew drop-down, on the Artists / Exhibitions Page.
Rauschenberg’s monumental The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece (1981–98) exemplifies these tenets of his artistic practice. Created over 17 years, the work is composed of 190 panels that, combined, measure approximately a quarter mile in length. An eclectic array of materials comprise the piece: textiles, mass media images, and photographs by the artist intermingle with bold passages of paint, while everyday objects such as chairs, cardboard boxes, and traffic lights add sculptural depth. Rauschenberg incorporated materials and photographs from the U.S., Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Northern Africa, including audio of ambient street sounds recorded during his travels.
The 1/4 Mile reveals the broad scope of Rauschenberg’s practice through the multitude of mediums and techniques employed, and serves as a self-contained retrospective of his oeuvre. This presentation is the first time The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece will be exhibited in its entirety.
While you are there, stop in to see other exhibitions. “To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500–1800” is on view in the Resnick Pavilion through March 17, 2019. Also on view in the Ahmanson Building, Level 2, is “West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975–1995.” It runs through April 21, 2019.
Admission is Free to members; Adults: $20; Seniors (65+), Students with valid ID: $16; Under 17 years old: FREE. Monday-Friday, after 3pm, admission is free.
What: “Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile”
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, LA, 90036/BCAM, Level 3
When: now through June 9, 2019; check website for times