Acquisitions by Mills College Art Museum

The Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust is excited to announce the recent acquisition of two major artworks by Mills College Art Museum. Director Stephanie Hanor worked with the trust to select two works on paper from different eras of Rapoport’s career.

“French Dinner” (1976), from Rapoport’s mid-1970s “Yarn Drawings” series, exemplifies a transitional period in which she moved from large, pattern-based works on canvas and survey charts to smaller-scale drawings on computer paper that explore systems through an intensive, research-based process.

Sonya Rapport, “French Dinner”, mid-1976. Pencil, Prismacolor, ink stamp, solvent transfer and stitched and tied yarn with metallic threading on pre-printed and pre-stamped found perforated continuous feed computer printout paper, 45” x 55.125”.
Sonya Rapport, “French Dinner” (detail), mid-1976. Pencil, Prismacolor, ink stamp, solvent transfer and stitched and tied yarn with metallic threading on pre-printed and pre-stamped found perforated continuous feed computer printout paper, 45” x 55.125”.

“Yes or No?” is a 24-part autobiographical collage work from Rapoport’s late-career “New York Times” series that makes us of images sourced from her extensive archives, now housed at the Bancroft Library of Western Americana at UC Berkeley. It is her penultimate work, recently shown as part of Sonya Rapoport: Final Works at Krowswork (2015).

Sonya Rapoport, "Yes or No?" installation view, 2015.
Sonya Rapoport, “Yes or No?” installation view, 2015.

We are happy to have placed these works with the Mills College Art Museum, known for their interest in collecting important works on paper. As a local institution with a demonstrated interest in Rapoport’s career, having hosted a late-career retrospective, Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport (2011), this is an appropriate home for two works of such significance.

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