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Gilbert to Speak at WIU Thursday

April 1, 2015

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MACOMB, IL – Knox College Associate Professor Gregory Gilbert will speak about artist Robert Rauschenberg, a major figure in the Neo-Dada movement of the 1950s and 1960s, at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Tillman Hall, 212.

A reception following Gilbert's lecture will be held at the University Art Gallery.

Rauschenberg is famous for his assemblages composed of found objects and media images, which represented his aim to "blur art and life." He has also actively experimented with printmaking and revolutionized lithography through his series "Booster and 7 Studies," which was produced in 1967 in the Gemini GEL print workshop.

Mixing lithography with silkscreen, he created innovative hybrid prints that challenged traditional printing methods and aesthetics. Developing a new exploratory process emphasizing randomness and difference, Rauschenberg incorporated chance variations, subverting the standard practice of identical editions.

Gilbert is also director of the Knox College Art History program. He also has taught at Western Illinois University, Purdue University and Rutgers University.

He has served as senior curator at the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA, and has authored exhibition catalogs at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University. He has published widely in the area of 20th-century American art and is the co-author of "Harry Gottlieb: The Silkscreen and Social Concern in the WPA Era."

Gilbert was recently selected for the Dedalus Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Archives of American Art Fellowship.

WIU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Susan Martinelli-Fernandez is sponsoring Gilbert's lecture and reception.

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