Trip tip: Exhibition about Robert Rauschenberg at Museum of Modern Art
Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Despite a lifetime of dedication to the vocation of art, the late Robert Rauschenberg might not be remembered as an artist who was remarkably skilled. He is, however, remembered as one of the great artists who challenged the meaning of art and therefore made waves throughout the art world over his lifetime (1925-2008). He was, after all, a first-hand witness to many of the major movements of the 20th century: neo-dadaism, pop art and abstract-expressionism. And he fervently took part in each one, even if that meant clear inconsistencies throughout his body of work. All of that is explored at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City through Sept. 17 in the exhibition “Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends.” In a far-ranging retrospective, the works of this intriguing yet infuriating artist are explored — you’ll see several bizarre pieces such as a stuffed goat standing with a car tire wrapped around its middle, and a giant, bubbling vat of mud. You’ll then understand why, rather than going down in history as an icon, Rauschenberg created work that redefined what art could be — something that is still felt and questioned today. The museum at 11 West 53 St. is open 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $25 adults, $18 seniors, $14 students, free for kids 16 and under; moma.org.
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