This 26-part collage and interactive installation represents the 12th phase of Rapoport’s Objects on My Dresser series, which originated in 1979. Short phrases from fellow resident Anne Lesley Selcer’s poem The natural world frozen (2014) are collaged onto selected pages from The New York Times and matched with one of the domestic objects that were the subject of Rapoport’s most ambitious and longest-running conceptual computer artworks.
Viewers were asked to participate in the installation by selecting an object and matching it with a quote from Selcer’s poem and a page from The New York Times. They recorded their choice by placing a colored glass bead in a grid.
Completed in the final weeks of Rapoport’s life, and assembled according to her instructions, this meditation on artmaking embodies Rapoport’s generous humor, unflinching critical eye, and fascination with categorization and matching.
Transitive Property of Equality Videos
Art Historians Terri Cohn and Alla Efimova host a video series exploring artist Sonya Rapoport’s magnum opus, Objects On My Dresser (1979-1983 & 2015).
In this first episode, which focuses on the 2015 installation The Transitive Property of Equality, they interview poet and art writer Anne Lesley Selcer and Farley Gwazda, director of the Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust.
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