Although Rauschenberg was born in Texas and lived primarily in New York and Florida, Southern California played a pivotal role in his artistic development. Rauschenberg’s first visit to an art museum was in Los Angeles, while he was stationed at Camp Pendleton (two hours south of the city) in 1944–45. This experience prompted his decision to become an artist, and in the following decades he created some of his most groundbreaking work here.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s Rauschenberg partnered with the L.A. print workshops Gemini G.E.L. and Styria Studio, where he challenged the conventions of printmaking with works such as Booster and his 54-foot-long print Currents. He was also a central participant in LACMA’s Art & Technology program, collaborating with scientists and engineers from Teledyne Technologies. In 1981, Rauschenberg photographed L.A. for his In + Out City Limitsproject, and 17 years later he pictured the metropolis again in his LA Uncovered screenprints.
Featuring a selection of works that Rauschenberg made in and about L.A., this exhibition highlights the city’s indelible impact on his creative output.