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Her work can be found in collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museé des Arts Deécoratifs at the Louvre, among many others.
She is well known for creating numerous public art installations throughout the U.S., including “Radiant Site” at New York’s Herald Square, and “Flight” at Reagan International Airport. Her inspiration for these large-scale projects harkens back to the ancient Greeks. “I love the ancient tradition of the agora, public space,” she says.However, Oka Doner is probably best known for her creation, “A Walk on the Beach,” and installation on the floors of Miami International Airport, one of the largest public artworks in the world. The piece features nine thousand unique bronze sculptures inlaid in over a mile-and-a-quarter long concourse of terrazzo with mother-of-pearl. During the project’s long creation process (1995-1999), she was constantly inspired. “In the beginning, I referenced the beach itself, especially the littoral zone,” she says. “I looked forward each day to finding a new image and creating more images. It wasn’t a project telescoped into a short period. The North terminal just kept expanding like Einstein’s universe!”
Oka Doner also designed the costumes and sets for Miami City Ballet’s season closer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Balanchine’s 1962 full-length ballet. She transported it to the Florida shore, setting it in an underwater realm with jellyfish-evoking tutus and unitards patterned from a coral reef. Lourdes López, Director of MCB, invited her to re-imagine it. “The notion of using Miami as the setting, and placing the ballet metaphorically under water, was exciting for us all,” López says. Oka Doner points out, “It was the first time I designed costumes, but after all, one does get dressed every day so the relationship between the body and presentation, representation, is very active, especially for a visually literate person.” Of her work at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM}, which ran from March 24-Sept. 11, 2016, she says, “The exhibition contains a half century of work, pieces I held on to as touchstones or defining moments. The works represent many media and convergent ways of thinking.”