Robert Rauschenberg, dancer

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Hazel Larsen Archer
Elizabeth Schmitt Jennerjahn and Robert Rauschenberg C. 1952.
Gelatin silver print, 6 1/4 x 9 ¼ inches. Estate of Hazel Larsen Archer and Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center.

Not just company ‘stage manager,’ longtime friend, and resident designer to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, but Robert Rauschenberg, the great abstract artist, gained a toehold in the art form the hard way — by prancing as a dancer himself under Cunningham’s tutelage at Black Mountain College.

This marvelous photo surfaces in the Black Mountain College retrospective now on at the Hammer Museum in Westwood.

Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933 – 1957 | The Hammer Museum | thru May 15

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