Curatorial Document

Felissimo brochure for Dance (Tribute 21), 1994

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Felissimo brochure for <em>Dance (Tribute 21)</em>, 1994

    Felissimo brochure for Dance (Tribute 21), 1994. SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

  • Dance (Tribute 21)

    Robert Rauschenberg, Dance (Tribute 21), Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 1994; offset lithograph, 41 in. x 27 in. (104.14 cm x 68.58 cm); Gift of Felissimo; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; published by Felissimo


Two individuals are honored in Dance (Tribute 21): Jacques d’Amboise (b. 1934) and Trisha Brown (b. 1936). In 1976, while he was a principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, d’Amboise founded the National Dance Institute to provide New York City school children with free dance training. D’Amboise’s quote reads: “When a youngster learns how to dance, he learns he can control his life.” Dancer and choreographer Brown founded her dance company in 1970, and became a lifelong friend of Rauschenberg’s. The artist collaborated with Brown on many of her best-known works, designing sets and costumes for Glacial Decoy (1979), Set and Reset (1983), and Astral Convertible (1989). Brown’s philosophy echoes Rauschenberg’s own approach to his work. As she explained: “I resolve things in performance, to have that open-endedness, that possibility for brilliance . . .”

For a full list of the Tribute 21 portfolio honorees, see Felissimo’s informational brochure.