For the opening day of “Rauschenberg in China,” our biggest exhibition this summer, UCCA invites Rauschenberg’s longtime curators Susan Davidson, David White and Helen Hsu, as well as Hiroko Ikegami, expert on Rauschenberg’s influence in Asia, to join in a conversation moderated by UCCA Director Philip Tinari. Beginning with an introduction to the artworks and curatorial program, our speakers delve into the unique positions occupied by Rauschenberg’s work as well as his far reaching influence on China and greater art history.
Notes Tinari, “It is particularly exciting to be opening our exhibition in the same year as the Tate and MoMA retrospective, and thus to be participating in a worldwide reassessment of Rauschenberg’s multifaceted, global legacy. We hope that this exhibition will illustrate not only how Rauschenberg inspired China, but how China inspired him.”
*Collect your ticket from reception 30 minutes before the event begins;
* Please no late entry;
*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;
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Susan Davidson (Curator)
Susan Davidson was a curatorial advisor to Robert Rauschenberg from 2001 until his death in 2008 and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Board member from 2009 until 2014. She has organized numerous exhibitions and publications on the artist, including Robert Rauschenberg: Photographs 1949–1965 (Schimer/Mosel, 2011), Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts (Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 2009); Rauschenberg: On and Off the Wall (Musée Contemporain, Nice, France, 2005); and Rauschenberg (Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy, 2004). She co-curated Robert Rauschenberg: A Retrospective for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and its international tour (1997–99) and was assistant curator for Robert Rauschenberg: The Early 1950s (1991), organized by Walter Hopps for the Menil Collection, Houston. In addition to her work on Rauschenberg, Ms. Davidson is a Senior Curator for Collections and Exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, where her most recent exhibitions have been Robert Motherwell: The Early Collages (2014) and John Chamberlain: Choices (2012). Ms. Davidson holds advanced degrees in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London, and George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
David White (Curator)
David White was the curator for Robert Rauschenberg from 1980 until the artist’s death in 2008. He is now senior curator at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and has overseen Rauschenberg exhibitions, publications, and projects over the last thirty years. Prior to joining Rauschenberg’s studio, White worked for both the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, and the David Whitney Gallery, New York. Following the close of the gallery, White continued to work for Whitney who, as an independent curator, organized retrospective exhibitions of Jasper Johns, Cy Twombly, and the first exhibition of Andy Warhol’s portraits, all at the Whitney Museum of American Art. White is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Hiroko Ikegami (Scholar)
Associate professor at Kobe University, Hiroko Ikegami specializes in post-1945 American art and its global impact. She received her PhD from Yale University in 2007. Her main publications include The Great Migrator: Robert Rauschenberg and the Global Rise of American Art (Cambridge, Mass: The MIT Press, 2010) and “ROCI East: Rauschenberg’s Encounters in China” in East-West Interchanges in American Art: A Long and Tumultuous Relationship (Washington, D.C., Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2011).
Helen Hsu (Curator)
Assistant curator at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She was previously an assistant curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and is a graduate of Stanford University, California.
Philip Tinari (Director, UCCA)
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of the life, artistic practice, and activist philosophy of one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Through exhibitions, scholarship, grants, and a residency program, the Foundation furthers Rauschenberg’s belief that art can change the world, while ensuring that his singular achievements and contributions continue to have global impact and resonance with contemporary artists.