“Ensemble Performance” – Conversation in “Performa” Magazine


Sonya Rapoport, “Objects On My Dresser” (detail), 1980. Original photograph with printed labels, 8″ x 10″.

An informative, in-depth conversation between Alla Efimova and Terri Cohn about Sonya Rapoport’s art career has been published online at Performa Magazine, a highly respected publication which “explores the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encourages new directions in performance for the twenty-first century.”

Efimova and Cohn, both of whom are working with the SRLT as art agents, are deeply familiar with Rapoport’s practice, and discuss the aspects of her 66-year art career that led to her seminal audience-participation performance Objects On My Dresser (1979 – 1983 & 2015). They also talk about the painting Koch II (1974), recently included in the exhibition Hippie Modernism at the Berkeley Art Museum (2017).

“Objects on My Dresser makes use of 29 personal objects displayed on the Tansu dresser in the artist’s bedroom. Rapoport opened and unpacked the psychological space of her dresser in a systematic and translatable way. The project is her study of the immensities that emanate from everyday objects subjected to psychoanalysis via an exercise in associative word-image relationships.”

Read more at Performa Magazine.