Curatorial Document

Robert Rauschenberg with Phyllis Wattis, SFMOMA, 1999

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Robert Rauschenberg with Phyllis Wattis, SFMOMA, 1999

    Robert Rauschenberg in the SFMOMA galleries with Phyllis Wattis during the exhibition Robert Rauschenberg, May 7–September 7, 1999. Photo: Sidney B. Felsen

  • Robert Rauschenberg assists with the installation of Hiccups, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1978

    Robert Rauschenberg assists museum staff with the installation of Hiccups (1978) for Robert Rauschenberg—Works from Captiva, Vancouver Art Gallery, September 8–October 29, 1978. Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • An art handler installs Robert Rauschenberg's Hiccups, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1978

    An art handler installs the second row of Robert Rauschenberg’s Hiccups (1978) in Robert Rauschenberg—Works from Captiva, Vancouver Art Gallery, September 8–October 29, 1978. Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Hiccups, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1978

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Hiccups (1978) in Robert Rauschenberg—Works from Captiva, Vancouver Art Gallery, September 8–October 29, 1978. Image courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Tack board in Robert Rauschenberg's Captiva Island studio, ca. 1978

    Tack board covered with source imagery in Robert Rauschenberg’s Captiva Island, Florida, studio, ca. 1978. Courtesy the Vancouver Art Gallery

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Hiccups, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1980

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg’s Hiccups (1978) in Five in Florida, University of South Florida, Tampa, January 7–February 8, 1980

  • Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Hiccups, SFMOMA, 2000

    Installation view of Robert Rauschenberg's Hiccups (1978) in the SFMOMA permanent collection presentation Matisse and Beyond, 2000

  • Hiccups

    Robert Rauschenberg, Hiccups, Fri May 07 00:00:00 PDT 1999; solvent transfer and fabric with metal zippers on 97 sheets of handmade paper, 9 in. x 752 in. (22.86 cm x 1910.08 cm); Gift of the artist in honor of Phyllis Wattis; © Robert Rauschenberg Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; photo: Ben Blackwell


In 1998, longtime SFMOMA benefactor Phyllis Wattis provided major support for the museum’s acquisition of fourteen artworks by Rauschenberg. This photograph shows Wattis and Rauschenberg in front of Port of Entry [Anagram (A Pun)] (1998) during Robert Rauschenberg (May 7–September 7, 1999), an exhibition highlighting those acquisitions. Rauschenberg later donated Hiccups to SFMOMA in honor of Mrs. Wattis’s spirit and generosity.