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Chakaia Booker

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

5 Fast Facts: Chakaia Booker

Posted: June 24, 2020
Category: Chakaia Booker
Impress your friends with five fast facts about Chakaia Booker, whose work is on view in NMWA’s collection galleries.
A large metal sculpture stands in the middle of the street, similar to an empty rectangular picture frame. The “frame” is crowded with undulating, coiling metal sculptural elements that occasionally end in spikes. Behind stand three vertical twisting, net-like metal sculptures.

Director’s Desk: Built to Order

Posted: January 29, 2020
Category: Chakaia Booker
The artists in NMWA's “Built to Order” gallery investigate human intervention in the natural world, considering the impact of structures, cities, and societies.
Eery photograph in blue tones of a concrete silo at night.
The rubber tire, a globally omnipresent object that is mass-produced more than a billion times each year, is used as a medium by two artists, Betsabée Romero and Chakaia Booker,...
Close-up photograph of a sculpture made of a truck tire carved with circular designs and painted gold and silver

Artist Spotlight: Chakaia Booker

Posted: December 31, 2017
Category: Chakaia Booker
Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today places abstract works by multiple generations of black women artists in context with one another—and within the larger history of abstract art—for...
An installation shot of a gallery shows several art pieces in the room. On the left, there is a sculpture made from black rubber tires sits on a. The black rubber tires are shaped and distorted in way that they create an organic form, resembling an insect or an alien-like figure.

The Pre-K Invasion: Developing New Tours for Young Audiences

Posted: May 24, 2016
Category: Chakaia Booker
A group of kids standing on colorful mats in a museum space. They are looking towards an oil portrait of a woman in regal garments. A woman with a light skin tone and blonde hair is talking in front of the children.

Powerful Pathmakers

Posted: December 21, 2015
Category: Chakaia Booker
Dynamic women designers and artists from the mid-20th century and today create innovative designs, maintain craft traditions, and incorporate new aesthetics into fine art in Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft,...
View of a gallery space. On a black wall, it says " Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today" in big, white letters, Two pendant lights are hanging from the ceiling to the left.

Art Fix Friday: November 27, 2015

Posted: November 27, 2015
Category: Chakaia Booker
View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.

Artist Spotlight: Chakaia Booker—Hail to the ‘Queen of Rubber Soul’

Posted: February 9, 2011
Category: Chakaia Booker
In 2002, independent curator and art critic Lily Wei wrote that everything Chakaia Booker does is “filtered through being black, a woman, and an artist.” Although relatively quiet and private...
The wall-sized, horizontal sculpture consists of black rubber tires and tubing that has been sliced, stripped, woven, looped, twisted and otherwise manipulated into an expressive and abstract high-relief tableau.