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Author’s visit coincides with Rauschenberg anniversary

September 24, 2014
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida SouthWestern State College announces that Dave Hickey, perhaps the most highly-revered, widely-read and provocative writer addressing cultural issues today, will be presenting a "one-off" ArtSPEAK@FSW lecture on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. in the school's Rush Library Auditorium.

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Gallery's renaming in Mr. Rauschenberg's honor and in advance of the "RAUSCHENBERG: China/America Mix" exhibition opening on the artist's Oct. 22 birthday, Dave Hickey will speak publicly for the first time on "The Rauschenberg Legacy (sans Bob)." The free event is open to the public. The school is at 8099 College Pkwy SW, Ft. Myers.

Author of popular books such as "Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy" and "The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty," Hickey's latest endeavor - the much-celebrated "Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste" is a collection of enlightening writings on cultural phenomena in a time when the commoditization and oversimplification of art seems most prevalent.

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Having served as executive editor for Art in America magazine and as a contributing editor to The Village Voice, Dave Hickey has written for publications as wide-ranging as Rolling Stone, Art News, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, Andy Warhol's Interview, Vanity Fair and Playboy, and been the subject of lengthy profiles in Texas Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Once described by Newsweek as "exhilarating, deeply engaging and a provocation to reignite the conversation about the purpose of art," Hickey's books much like his lectures both stimulate and provoke thought and debate. The College Art Association's Frank Jewett Mather Award winner in 1994 (the "Oscar" for art criticism) and a 2001 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation (so-called) "Genius Award" (a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for those deemed "exceptionally creative"), this is an extraordinary/one-time-only opportunity to hear Dave speak about Bob.

More about us: The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery was founded as The Gallery of Fine Art in 1979 on the Lee County campus of Florida SouthWestern State College/FSW (then Edison Community College). On June 4, 2004, the Gallery of Fine Art was renamed the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery, to honor and commemorate our long time association and friendship with the artist. Over more than three decades until his death, the Gallery worked closely with Rauschenberg to present world premiere exhibitions including multiple installations of the Mile or Two Furlong Piece. The artist insisted on naming the space the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery (versus the "Robert Rauschenberg Gallery") as it was consistent with the intimate, informal relationship he maintained with both our local southwest Florida community and FSW.



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