Museums, Art Galleries

Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport

When: Jan. 18-March 11 2012

The installations and PowerPoint slideshows of conceptual artist Sonya Rapoport are again on view, this time at Mills College. In the psychoanalytic "Objects on My Dresser" she considers the 29 objects deposited on her dresser over two decades and the associations they provoked. "4. Last Supper Dresser/Spiritual," for example, yields the enigmatic "Sea Snakes/Slithery." "Psycho-Aesthetic Dynamic" is a floor-mounted web of images divided into sectors by axes -- labeled Hand, Chest, Eye, Masking, Threading, and Moving -- accompanied by objects and collages mounted on surrounding walls. Rapoport's PowerPoint pieces combine Lichtenstein Pop paintings, A-bomb terminology in English and Russian, and casual snapshots of her nuclear family; pieces on the famous hybrids Jocko and BarackO muse on the social construction of gender identity; others treat historical misogyny and male hysteria. Don't miss the pamphlet by curators Terri Cohn and Anuradha Vikram. Spaces of Life runs through March 11 at MillsCollegeArt Museum (5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland). 510-430-2164 or

DeWitt Cheng


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