Travel also has spurred collaboration and cultural exchange with artists and craftspeople abroad. Rauschenberg is committed to international peace and believes that "one-to-one contact through art" can be an effective tool in bridging differences. In 1984 he launched Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI), a massive undertaking in which photographs, paintings, sculpture, and videos were created and exhibited in eleven countries, from Mexico to Malaysia, and culminated in a 1991 exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Included within the ROCI project was the series of prints entitled Soviet/American Array, which brought together photographs he took in the Soviet Union with ones he took in the United States, symbolically connecting cultures that long had been at odds.
Samarkand Stitches #1, 1988
sewn fabric collage with screenprint
National Gallery of Art,
Gift of Gemini G.E.L. and the Artist, 1991