Grand Rapids Art Museum: Robert Rauschenberg : Synapsis Shuffle Exhibition
This exhibition consists of fifty-two large-scale panels, and is a monumental participatory work that incorporates chance and performance, hallmarks of Rauschenberg’s art. Each of the panels is a collage of images taken from photographs the artist took during his global travels. The title of the work and the number of paintings refer to a deck of cads, a clever signal of the work’s installation method: each time the panels of Synapsis Shuffle are presented, they are meant to be “shuffled” by event participants, in displays of no more than seven and no fewer than three. Below is a photo from today’s pre-”shuffled” exhibit in the gallery of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Pamella speaking at the press conference for the Rauschenberg Synapsis Shuffle exhibit.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum organized the event, “dealing out a hand” to the event participants, where the panels were then shuffled into a unique exhibition.
“Shufflers” Pamella and Dan DeVos, artistically place their panels in the exhibit.
Pamella and a Guest study her panels.
“Shufflers” Pamella and David Lockington, the conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony, discussing their panels while exploring the idea of trading .
Pamella and Dan show off their finished piece!
This exhibition was organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. The Grand Rapids presentation has been made possible by Presenting Sponsor Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation.