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New York, NY | Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions Installation Viewing and Artist Talk

July 11 | 5:00 pm 6:30 pm

Image Credit: Alexandre Ayer, Diversity Pictures, for Garment District Alliance

Meet ArtTable in Midtown for a viewing of Chakaia Booker’s Shaved Portions before heading over to the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts’ Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop for a talk with the artist. Presented in New York as part of the Garment District Alliance’s public art program, Shaved Portions was originally commissioned for the Oklahoma Center for Contemporary Art and previously exhibited at Washington University in St. Louis. A sculptor, painter, and photographer, Booker is widely known for her use of repurposed materials, like the rubber tires cut up and rewoven to construct Shaved Portions. The interwoven, branching structure of the installation exemplifies Booker’s ability to push the limits of abstraction, using unconventional media to evoke interconnectedness in the natural world and in society.

Program Itinerary:

  • 5:00–5:40 pm: Chakaia Booker in conversation with artist Phoebe Collings-James at Shaved Portions (installed on Broadway between West 39th and West 40th Streets)
  • 5:40–6:00 pm: Move to EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (an 8-minute walk); cocktail reception
  • 6:00–6:30 pm: Chakaia Booker in conversation with Essye Klempner, Director of Programing and Partnerships at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

Program Admission:

  • ArtTable Member – $15
  • Friend of Member – $20
  • Non-Member – $25

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Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

Address: 323 W 39th St
New York, New York 10018
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This Artist Talk is generously supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Special thanks to Alaina Simone for coordinating this program.

Chakaia Booker (born 1953 Newark, NJ) is an internationally renowned and widely collected American sculptor known for creating monumental, abstract works from recycled tires and stainless steel for both the gallery and outdoor public spaces. Booker’s works are contained in more than 40 public collections and have been exhibited across the US, in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Booker was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Recent public installation highlights include Millennium Park, Chicago (2016-2018), Garment District Alliance Broadway Plazas, New York, NY (2014), and National Museum of Women in the Arts New York Avenue Sculpture Project, Washington DC (2012). Chakaia Booker is represented by David Nolan Gallery.

Image Credit: Alexandre Ayer, Diversity Pictures, for Garment District Alliance

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