UNTIRING: Tires, Textures & Triumphs! Sculpture and Works on Paper by Chakaia Booker
January 30, 2010 through March 13, 2011
For Black History Month and in celebration of its 10th anniversary, 1978 Maplewood Arts Center will showcase the sculpture of Chakaia Booker. The exhibition entitled UNTIRING: Tires, Textures and Triumphs! honors the artistic and personal achievement of Ms. Booker, widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s leading sculptors. Curated by Nettie Thomas and Evelyn Graves, UNTIRING opens on Sunday, January 30, 2011 and will run through March 13, 2011. The opening reception is Sunday January 30, 2011 from 2 – 6 pm. The 1978 Maplewood Arts Center is located at 1978 Springfield Ave. in Maplewood, New Jersey.
About Chakaia Booker
Chakaia Booker is an internationally acclaimed sculptor whose powerful pieces are created from discarded truck, car, and bicycle tires. Booker employs these forms to comment on themes ranging from black identity to urban ecology. The hardiness and adaptability of the tires represent, according to Booker, "the survival of the Africans in the diaspora." In the black color of the tires she sees African skin, and the patterned treads represent tribal designs.
Booker draws upon Louise Nevelson's constructions of found objects, Romare Bearden's energetic collages, and Jacob Lawrence's manipulation of color and composition to form her own vigorous sculptures.
A sensation at the 2000 Whitney Biennial, Booker's work was the subject of a retrospective at the Jersey City Museum, NJ and an expansive solo exhibition at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York, both in 2004. Notable group exhibitions include shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, and the Corcoran Biennial, Washington, DC.
A past winner of a Pollock-Krasner Award, Booker was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 2005. In 2006, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, opened an important solo exhibition of Booker's work. Recent outdoor solo exhibitions of the artist's work were held at The Sculpture Park at Moore in Aviator Park, Moore College of Art, Chicago, Illinois, and at the Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey.
• 2008: Merit Award in Public Art, Chakaia Booker: Mass Transit, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
• 2005: 24th Annual Art Commission Award, The Art Commission of the City of New York, New York, New York, United States Construction of the Weeksville Heritage Center and Adjacent Landscape, including the Installation of Sugar in My Bowl II by Chakaia Booker
• 2005: Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, New York, United States
• 2002: The Pollock-Krasner Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York, New York, United States
• 2001: Academy Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York, United States
• 2010: Chakaia Booker, The Sculpture Park at Moore in Aviator Park, Moore College of Art, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
• 2010: Chakaia Booker ‘Sustain’, SCAD Atlanta at Galerie Pfriem, Rue du Four, Lacoste, France. traveled to Woodruff Arts Center, SCAD, Atlanta, Georgia
• 2010: Chakaia Booker: Eminent Domain, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey, United States.
• 2010: Chakaia Booker: Energy Made Visible, Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, United States.
• 2010: Chakaia Booker: In and Out, DeCordova Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts, United States.
• 2010: Cut, Weld and Build: Process in Works by Chakaia Booker, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, New Jersey, United States.
• 2010: Look Again, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York, United States.
• 2010: On Site: Chakaia Booker, Baumgartner Galleria, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.
• 2010: Unexpected Retreading: The Art of Chakaia Booker, University Art Museum, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States.
• 2009: Chakaia Booker: Crossover Effects, Simpson Sculpture Garden, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, United States.
• 2009: Chakaia Booker: Recent Work, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, New York, United States.
• 2009 - 2010: Terrace Project: Chakaia Booker, Michael Graves Terrace, Paul Robeson Center, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, New Jersey, United States.