Curatorial Document

Transcription of text in Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography (panel B)

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  • Transcription of text in Robert Rauschenbergs <em>Autobiography</em> (panel B)

    Transcription of text on panel B of Robert Rauschenberg’s Autobiography (1968). SFMOMA Permanent Collection Object Files

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1991

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Autobiography (1968) in Robert Rauschenberg: Print Survey in Themes, 1952–1992, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, October 7–December 4, 1992. Photo: Dorothy Zeidman, courtesy the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

  • Detail of first panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968 (detail)

  • Detail of second panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968 (detail)

  • Detail of third panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968 (detail)

  • Autobiography

    Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 PST 2013; offset lithograph, 198 3/4 in. x 48 3/4 in. (504.8 cm x 123.81 cm); Gift of Marion B. Javits, Robert Rauschenberg, and Milton Glaser;


The handwritten text on panel B of Autobiography highlights significant artworks and collaborations and emphasizes moments in Rauschenberg’s life that shaped his artistic output. Beginning at the center of the spiral with the artist’s birth in Port Arthur, Texas, the text loops outward, ending with the creation of E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology), an initiative he launched in 1967 with engineer Billy Klüver to help promote collaboration between artists and engineers.