Tara Donovan (American, born in 1969)


192 1/16 x 192 1/16 inches (487.8 x 487.8 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Styrofoam cups, hot glue, white thin rope, aluminum structure.

On View

Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria and the Lisbeth Tarlow and Stephen Kay Art Wall (Gallery 268)


Americas, Contemporary Art



This undulating lattice of Styrofoam drinking cups, with glowing hollows and pliable rims, was made to expand into the architecture of this particular space. To discover how they react to light and space in transcendent ways, Donovan experiments with huge volumes of manufactured materials. Clustered with an almost viral repetition, the cups above assume forms that both evoke natural systems and seem to defy the laws of nature. “My work is mimicking the ways of nature, not necessarily mimicking nature,” she notes. Here, it might suggest cellular growth, or even the density of molecules in rolling clouds.

Gift of Gail and Tony Ganz, 2011 2011.1905


From the artist to Ace Gallery; May 18, 2004, sold by Ace Gallery to Tony Ganz, Los Angeles; 2011, gift of Gail and Tony Ganz to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 16, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of Gail and Tony Ganz


Reproduced with permission.