Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile
Among the most pioneering artists of the last century, Robert Rauschenberg (1925–2008) produced a diverse body of work characterized by experimentation, a comprehensive use of mediums and methods, and an embrace of cross-cultural exchange. 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.