‘We the People’ at Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Space – through 17th November

Organized by the curator Alison Gingeras and the conceptual artist Jonathan Horowitz, this crowded, stylistically various show of works by 55 artists includes patriotic posters by Norman Rockwell and LeRoy Neiman, but the overall drift is — no surprise — leftward.

The prevailing aesthetic and social pluralism embrace a drawing of two cowboys by the master of the gay porn cartoon, Tom of Finland; a full-length portrait of the feminist politician Bella Abzug by Alice Neel; and a collage titled “Black History” by Romare Bearden. The white middle class takes hits from a super-realist sculpture of a scruffy youth called “High School Student” by Duane Hanson and a weirdly funny, scatological painting of a nuclear family at home by Nicole Eisenman.

We the People

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space
455 West 19th Street, Chelsea

Through 9th November

READ THE COMPLETE REVIEW BY KEN JOHNSON IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

 

2nd November: We would like to assure you that while the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space’s current exhibition, “We the People,” remains closed until power and mass transit are restored, no damage or flooding has been incurred to the building or to artworks as a result of the storm.  We are all greatly relieved and look forward to reopening to the public next week.

“We The People” – 3rd October – NYC

NORMAN ROCKWELL, 1943

October 3–November 9, 2012

 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space

New York, NY

 

TOM OF FINLAND, 1964


Over the course of the 
We the People exhibition, the Rauschenberg Foundation will host several public programs, panel discussions, and lectures that engage with and elaborate on the show’s themes. 

 

 

 

JULIO CESAR MORALES, 2012

We the People provides an artistic view of the diverse demographics of our country, in contrast to the taglines and catchphrases of the 2012 election, and will take a close look at who the American people are, as seen through 68 different artists’ eyes.

ROBERT LONGO, 2011

 

A private foundation established to foster the legacy of the life and work of the artist, as well as to pursue major initiatives and support for fearless, innovative, and multidisciplinary artistic endeavors.

 “Art can change the world.”

“We the People” – 3rd October – NYC

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Presents a Portrait of the American Populace
Thru the Eyes of 50 Artists

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1964, Graphite on paper, 11.31” x 9.38”, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection and Feature Inc., New York , © 1964 Tom of Finland Foundation

 

 

Curated by Alison Gingeras and Jonathan Horowitz

3rd October –
9th November, 2012

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space

 

455 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Tuesday–Saturday

Free admission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timed to coincide with the America presidential election, the exhibition will create a diorama of the America populace using strategically chosen examples of figurate painting,
sculpture and photography.