Artist Chakaia Booker to discuss tire sculptures as symbols of African survival

October 26, 2010

Internationally known for transforming rubber tires into outsized sculptures and creating wearable art, visiting artist Chakaia Booker will present an illustrated lecture at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 on the main stage in WMC Alumni Hall.

The program is free and open to the public.

Booker’s latest creations are the result of recycling old tires that have been thrown away, and are symbolic of the survival of Africans in the diaspora. She has had solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and Japan.

A resident of New York City, Booker’s work is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Akron Museum of Art, the Max Protetch and June Kelly galleries in New York, among others. She has participated in both group and solo exhibitions in such places as the Neuberger Museum of Art, the Akron Museum of Art, Marlborough gallery, and the P.S.I. Contemporary Art Center in Queens, as well as in the “Twentieth Century American Sculpture” exhibition at the White House.

She has received various awards, fellowships, grants and scholarships, including from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Anonymous Was A Woman Grant, the Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Art Fund, the New York Foundation for the Arts/Gregory Millard Fellow (Recipient in Sculpture), Joan Mitchell Foundation and Studio Museum in Harlem Artists in Residence.

Booker received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Rutgers University and earned a master’s degree in Fine Arts from the City College of New York.