Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project

In an effort to preserve the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life and work, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, in collaboration with INCITE/Columbia Center for Oral History Research, has undertaken the Robert Rauschenberg Oral History Project. This collection of firsthand accounts, as told by the artist’s family, friends, and many collaborators, will be housed on the foundation website. Upon completion of the project in 2016, transcripts will also be available on the Columbia University website and in its Rare Books and Manuscript Library.

We began making interviews available on our website in 2015, and we will continue to roll out more over the coming months. Each oral history will include a short biography of the narrator, an excerpt from the interview transcript, documentary photography, a short video or audio clip, and an illustrated pdf of the entire transcript. If interviews have been filmed, complete footage from published oral histories is available for viewing by researchers and scholars at the Rauschenberg Foundation Archives. To make an appointment to schedule a viewing at the foundation offices in New York, please contact archives@rauschenbergfoundation.org.

While the collaboration with Columbia is a formal approach that the foundation has undertaken to preserve many recollections about the artist and his time, we recognize that there are a number of Rauschenberg storytellers who we may as yet not know and whose stories we are eager to hear.

If you have a noteworthy Rauschenberg story that you would like to share with us, and which relates to the life and times of the artist, we would welcome hearing from you. Please write or record your story in a format that you prefer, and send to stories@rauschenbergfoundation.org.  A selection of Rauschenberg Stories will be chosen for inclusion on the foundation website.

Rauschenberg in his Broadway studio, New York, 1965. Photo: Ugo Mulas © Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. www.ugomulas.org

Oral Histories

Laurie Anderson
Thomas Buehler
Virginia Dwan
Sidney Felsen
Simone Forti
Arne Glimcher
Alex Hay
Deborah Hay
Harold Hodges
Julie Martin
Yvonne Rainer
Donald Saff
Susan Weil
David White
Robert Whitman