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The first tenuous steps through a curtained portal into Donna Dennis’s Ship/Dock/Three Houses and the Night Sky (2021–23), on view through June 25, 2023, plunges you into momentary darkness, a seeming black hole in space. The muffled presence of other viewers is comforting, especially as eyes adjust to gradual light and welcome the shared wonder. “What is that?” asked one disoriented visitor, as she beheld the enormous architectural structure before her—a replicated ore dock facing a vast ocean. Dennis has indeed outdone herself in this latest iteration of her iconic dock installations and paintings, a nesting of metaphors within one monumental symbol of the sublime.

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