Robert Rauschenberg, Artist-Citizen: Posters for a Better World
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University Art Gallery of California State University, Hayward
Robert Rauschenberg, Artist-Citizen: Posters for a Better World is a new exhibition presenting posters created by Texas-born Robert Rauschenberg between 1969 and 1996 that address apartheid, Earth Day, nuclear disarmament, and artists' rights. Since the 1960s, Rauschenberg has used printmaking as a way to address current social and political concerns. The artist has said he believes artists must be engaged in "determining the fate of the Earth." Two outstanding and iconic pieces introduce the exhibition: a poster from Rauschenberg's 1969 "Stoned Moon" series, which illustrates his optimism about the space program, and his famous 1970 print "Signs," with allusions to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., along with images of social upheaval. "Posters for a Better World" was developed by the University Art Gallery of California State University, Hayward, and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. All of the pieces are on loan from the artist.
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