Recent Acquisition HighlightsTheaster Gates’s Civil Tapestry 5, 2012Using the history of civil rights in America as one of his predominant themes, Theaster Gates has garnered renown as a maker of political and poetic objects and performances and has earned an international reputation as a skilled activist and a visionary catalyst for social change. Since 2013, he has directly approached this subject in a series of objects and paintings fashioned from decommissioned fire hoses, like Civil Tapestry 5, that communicate in the familiar language of a Minimalist painting. His practice of incorporating disused segments of fire hose references the long tradition of artists from Kurt Schwitters (German, 1887–1948) to Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008), who reclaimed trash to steep their own assemblages in historical references. Learn More 
Theaster Gates (American, born 1973). Civil Tapestry 5, 2012. Decommissioned fire hoses on oil cloth mounted on wood panel, 58 x 208 x 4 inches (147.3 x 528.3 x 10.2 cm). Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2014. © 2012 Theaster Gates. Photograph by Ben Westoby, courtesy White Cube.

Recent Acquisition Highlights
Theaster Gates’s Civil Tapestry 5, 2012

Using the history of civil rights in America as one of his predominant themes, Theaster Gates has garnered renown as a maker of political and poetic objects and performances and has earned an international reputation as a skilled activist and a visionary catalyst for social change. Since 2013, he has directly approached this subject in a series of objects and paintings fashioned from decommissioned fire hoses, like Civil Tapestry 5, that communicate in the familiar language of a Minimalist painting. His practice of incorporating disused segments of fire hose references the long tradition of artists from Kurt Schwitters (German, 1887–1948) to Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008), who reclaimed trash to steep their own assemblages in historical references. Learn More 

Theaster Gates (American, born 1973). Civil Tapestry 5, 2012. Decommissioned fire hoses on oil cloth mounted on wood panel, 58 x 208 x 4 inches (147.3 x 528.3 x 10.2 cm). Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2014. © 2012 Theaster Gates. Photograph by Ben Westoby, courtesy White Cube.

Book AK: The Pop Revolution
Spotlight on Robert Rauschenberg

For more than five decades, Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008) was a leading figure in the art world and was associated with many periods of art history, including the Pop art movement. He is perhaps best known for his Combines, which he began creating in the 1950s and worked on throughout his career. In essence a hybrid of painting and sculpture, these works involved combining non-traditional materials and objects—such as wood, bits of metal, newspaper, and even stuffed birds—on a painted canvas.

Throughout his prolific career, Rauschenberg also designed sets and costumes for dance productions, including many for the company of his friend Merce Cunningham (American, 1919–2009).

Learn more about Robert Rauschenberg and the Pop art movement by reading The Pop Revolution as part of the Book AK program. A discussion will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 10:15 am. Learn More and Register

2013 Future Curators Spotlight

Get to know the Albright-Knox’s 2013 Future Curators through the works in the Gallery’s Collection that inspire them.

Katiana Hernandez:
Robert Rauschenberg’s Ace, 1962

Ace by Robert Rauschenberg really inspires me. The brushstrokes are powerful and confident. But my favorite part is how he incorporated found objects into the painting to add a sculptural aspect. By doing this, it taught us about the time that he lived in. There are messages that are obvious and some that are more obscure. Rauschenberg is one of my favorite artists. 

The Future Curators program is part of AK Teens, which is presented by First Niagara.