Born Milton Ernest Rauschenberg on October 22.
Serves in the U.S. Marines.
Enrolls at the Kansas City Art Institute. Changes his name to Bob and then later to Robert.
Studies at the Académie Julian in Paris and at Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina.
Moves to New York.
Attends classes at the Art Students League, where he meets Cy Twombly.
Rauschenberg’s work is included in Abstraction in Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Has his first solo show, at Betty Parsons Gallery in New York. Begins the White Paintings and black paintings series.