The Week in Pictures

Rauschenberg's Illegal Eagle Roosts at MoMA, Jonas Mekas Reads a Poem, & More

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Robert Rauschenberg's <em>Canyon</em> in the show of Ileana Sonnabend's collection at MoMA
Robert Rauschenberg's Canyon in the show of Ileana Sonnabend's collection at MoMA
A Jeff Koons at MoMA's Sonnabend show
A Jeff Koons at MoMA's Sonnabend show
Giovanni Anselmo's <em>Untitled (Eating Structure)</em> (1968) in the show
Giovanni Anselmo's Untitled (Eating Structure) (1968) in the show
A Pier Paolo Calzolari sculpture at MoMA
A Pier Paolo Calzolari sculpture at MoMA
The scene at the Sonnabend opening
The scene at the Sonnabend opening
A photograph by Cyrus Kabiru at the Studio Museum in Harlem's show "The Shadows Took Shape," curated by Naima J. Keith and Zoe Whitley
A photograph by Cyrus Kabiru at the Studio Museum in Harlem's show "The Shadows Took Shape," curated by Naima J. Keith and Zoe Whitley
Josephine Meckseper's work at Andrea Rosen Gallery
Josephine Meckseper's work at Andrea Rosen Gallery
Isaac Julien's <em>Playtime</em> at Metro Pictures
Isaac Julien's Playtime at Metro Pictures
Rosemarie Trockel paintings at Barbara Gladstone
Rosemarie Trockel paintings at Barbara Gladstone
A work by Reinhard Mucha at the artist's Luhring Augustine show
A work by Reinhard Mucha at the artist's Luhring Augustine show
Marepe at Anton Kern
Marepe at Anton Kern
Roni Horn at Hauser & Wirth
Roni Horn at Hauser & Wirth
Another view of the Horn show
Another view of the Horn show
The painter and poet Stefan Bondell MCing a poetry reading he held amidst his show of new paintings at the Hole gallery.
The painter and poet Stefan Bondell MCing a poetry reading he held amidst his show of new paintings at the Hole gallery.
Jonas Mekas reading a poem at the Hole
Jonas Mekas reading a poem at the Hole

When Robert Rauschenberg's fabled Canyon resided in the hands of the heirs of the midcentury dealer Ileana Sonnabend, the estimated $65 million combine—in which the magpie artist incorporated a shirt, photographs, and other trinkets on canvas behind a soaring bald eagle with an ample streak of white paint along its beak—was a double-edged prize. Considered one of Rauschenberg's crowning achievements and an icon of American art, the piece could not be sold because of its inclusion of the federally protected bird, and the government additionally sought to penalize the owners with estate fees and tariffs totaling a sky-high $40.9 million. Now, the illegal eagle has been donated to MoMA, freeing the bird (and its former owners) of that weighty bill.

To celebrate the welcoming of Canyon to the museum's permanent, MoMA assembled a show dedicated to the collection of Sonnabend, the onetime wife and partner of Leo Castelli who opened her own indispensable gallery in 1962. This week, we swung by the show's opening, as well as the Marepe show at Anton Kern, Isaac Julien at Metro Pictures, Reinhard Mucha at Luhring Augustine, an evening of poetry at the Hole, and other art events.

To see photos from the week's art events, click the slide show above.

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