Detail of third panel of Robert Rauschenberg's Autobiography
The third panel of Autobiography features references to the most important geographic locations of Rauschenberg’s life up to 1968: Texas and New York. A map of the Gulf of Mexico, just south of his hometown of Port Arthur, Texas; an inverted view of the New York skyline; and an image of rooftop water towers surround a photo of Rauschenberg roller-skating in his 1963 performance Pelican, his first effort as principal choreographer. The photo of the water towers was taken from the roof of the artist’s Lafayette Street studio, his eighth location in New York City. A map of Rauschenberg’s New York studios is available on the Related Information page.