Archival Image

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

Part of Rauschenberg Research Project

  • Tack board in Robert Rauschenbergs 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

  • 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, Sun Dec 31 00:00:00 PST 1978; 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


This tack board from Rauschenberg’s Captiva Island studio is covered with photographs, sketches, and other materials used to produce Hiccups (1978) and the series Spreads (1975–83) and Scales (1977–81). Near the center of the top edge of the photograph, two sheets of paper with a zipper are pinned to the wall, an early test for the construction of Hiccups. Also visible are a photograph of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, a reproduction of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window (1657–59), a tea strainer, and two combs—miscellany that caught Rauschenberg’s attention, provided raw material, or acted as points of reference for his work.