Bob Rauschenberg at Edison

For over twenty-five years, the gallery at Edison State College had an enduring friendship with world-renowned artist Robert Rauschenberg.  Exhibits of Mr. Rauschenberg’s work started in 1980 and the gallery was host to numerous world premiere showings, including the unveiling of the first installation of the 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece.  The following is a list of the fifteen Rauschenberg exhibits held at Edison State College:

1980     February 3 – 27:  Spreads and Scales series shown at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College

1982     February 6 – 26:  The ¼ Mile or 2 Furlong Piece first installed and exhibited at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College.  190 feet of the piece covered every inch of the walls.  It is a work in progress and at one point reached 790 feet long.

1983     July 22 – September 9:  The second footage of the ¼ Mile or 2 Furlong Piece exhibited at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College

1984     October:  The Salvage series was exhibited at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College

1986     March:  Rauschenberg: newest continuation of the ¼ Mile or 2 Furlong Piece exhibited at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College

1987     March 26 – May 7:  Robert Rauschenberg: Gluts exhibited in the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

1988     December – March:  Rejected Rauschenbergs exhibited in the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall

1993     April 30 – June 13:  Rauschenberg exhibit at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College

2000     March 9 – April 16:  Robert Rauschenberg: Recent Work opened at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College

2002     March 28 – April 28:  Robert Rauschenberg: Recent Work exhibit at the Gallery of Fine Art, Edison Community College

2004    Gallery of Fine Art at Edison Community College renamed Bob Rauschenberg Gallery. The dedication of the gallery coincided with the exhibit, Scenarios from June 4 – July 11.

2005     January 7 – March 5:  A Quake in Paradise (Labyrinth) exhibition at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.  This was the first time the work was exhibited in the U.S.  The piece can be assembled in various configurations that viewers walk through and around, giving it a maze-like quality.

2007     January 12 – February 24:  Rauschenberg: Scenarios exhibition at Bob Rauschenberg Gallery

2008     January 11 – February 9:  Robert Rauschenberg, Artist-Citizen: Posters for a Better World at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery

2008     June 21 – July 3:  Celebrating the Life of Robert Rauschenberg at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery

Source: Some of the exhibition information came from Rauschenberg / Art and Life, 2004, by Mary Lynn Kotz