rollerskating

Robert Rauschenberg on rollerskates



Robert Rauschenberg rollerskates Pelican performance piece

Things I didn’t know about Robert Rauschenberg: In 1963, he choreographed a performance piece called Pelican. And rollerskated in it. With a parachute on his back. Pelican was a tribute to the Wright Brothers (Rauschenberg’s heroes) and took part at the America on Wheels roller rink as part of a festival by The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. There’s even a video of it. Isn’t it bonkers fabulous?

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGE: Robert Rauschenberg, ‘Pelican’
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