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Chakaia Booker: Are We There Yet?

Chakaia Booker: Are We There Yet?

January 13th 9 – March 8th
Opening Reception: January 15th from 5-7 PM with artist gallery talk at 5:30PM

The Leonard Pearlstein Gallery will open its winter exhibition of interdisciplinary artist Chakaia Bookers work on January 13, 2015. Are We There Yet?, featuring Bookers complex assemblage sculptures of discarded tires, will run through March 8, with an opening reception and artists gallery talk on January 15 at 5:30pm in the Gallery (3401 Filbert Street).

Booker fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and feminism. She addresses these issues through visual metaphor, utilizing both abstract and recognizable elements that draw from the contemporary landscape, including graffiti and those ubiquitous discarded tires by the side of the road. But her works are deeper and more mysterious than these obvious references. They are powerful images that command attention, at once fanciful and solemn. Her works stand as testimony to arts transformative impact, pushing us to ask significant questions about the world around us, said J. Susan Isaacs , curator of the show and Professor of Art History and Curator of the Department of Art Galleries at Towson University, where the exhibition originated.

An artist who fuses formal training with life experience, Booker received a BA in sociology from Rutgers University in 1976 and an MFA from the City College of New York in 1993. She gained international acclaim at the 2000 Whitney Biennial with Its So Hard to Be Green, her 12.5 x 21 foot wall-hung tire sculpture. Booker is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and she has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her works are in numerous public collections including at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; The Studio Museum, Harlem, NY; Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Laumeier Sculpture Park and Museum, St. Louis, MO; Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY; Newark Museum, NJ; Bronx Museum of Art, NYC; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, AL.