Oral history interview with Christopher Rauschenberg, 2016


Rauschenberg, Christopher, 1951- (Interviewee)
Vanderscoff, Cameron (Interviewer)
Clark, Mary Marshall (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Christopher Rauschenberg, 2016
Christopher Rauschenberg, Robert Rauschenberg's son, discusses his early life, learning how to make photographs from his mother, Susan Weil. He describes his relationship with his father and how it changed and evolved over the years. He discusses his own life: his time at Evergreen College and meeting his now-wife; opening Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR; his approach to photography. He reflects o n his father's photographs and the overlapping themes in both his and his father's work, namely the passage of time. He talks about traveling with Rauschenberg for exhibit openings and Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) trips. He describes visiting his dad at his property on Captiva Island, FL and the relationships he had with the other artists and staff. He reflects on his father's posthumous legacy and his impact on the art world and emerging artists
Collection Name
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation oral history collection
Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange; Photographic art galleries--United States; Artists; Photographers; Artist families; Artists--Family relationships; Photography--United States; Captiva Island (Fla.); Rauschenberg, Christopher, 1951-; Rauschenberg, Robert, 1925-2008; Weil, Susan; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Blue Sky Gallery
oral histories
Physical Description
172 pages
Note (Biographical)
Christopher Rauschenberg is a photographer and the son of Robert Rauschenberg and Susan Weil. He is the co-founder and president of the board of directors of Blue Sky, a nonprofit exhibition space in Portland, Oregon, where he has co-curated over eigh t hundred solo exhibitions by almost as many artists since 1975. He earned a bachelor's degree in photography from Evergreen State College, and he has worked as a photographer since the early 1970s. He has exhibited his own work with over a hundred solo exhibitions in eight countries, and his work appears in several major museum collections. Since 2009, Rauschenberg has served as the president of the board of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and, until 2017, as chairperson
Interviewed by Mary Marshall Clark on January 13, 2015 and Mary Marshall Clark and Cameron Vanderscoff on January 17, 2016
Note (Provenance)
Christopher Rauschenberg, Gift, transferred from Columbia Center for Oral History Research 2019
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Oral History Archives at Columbia
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