Chakaia Booker – Public Art Exhibition for Indianapolis in 2008

New York sculptor Chakaia Booker will create at least nine original, site-specific sculptures for a temporary public art exhibition in Indianapolis, opening in May 2008,
and ending April 1, 2009. The New York-based artist is well known for her
expressive work that utilizes tires that are cut, shaped and folded, then
woven into dynamic, highly textured sculptures.

This exhibition will establish two firsts for the highly regarded
artist: it is both her largest urban exhibition, and the first composed of
artworks created specifically for the community. All of the major artworks
in the outdoor exhibition are being conceptualized and fabricated by the
artist in response to her visits to Indianapolis and her research into the
city’s history. Booker has produced acclaimed shows in sculpture parks
including Storm King in New York and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis,
and has been included in important museum and gallery exhibitions including
the 2000 Whitney Biennial. “The sculptures will interact with the community and touch the pulse of the city’s residents and visitors by reflecting on historic and current
events in and around the Indianapolis area,” said Booker.
“While these will not be representational pieces, the artwork will
convey through movement, texture, form and material, the spirit and energy
of Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist;
musician, producer, entrepreneur Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds; the Jazz,
Blues and R&B of Naptown; the Underground Railroad; and the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway.”
Booker’s Indianapolis exhibition will join prestigious company. In
2004, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the support of the
Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, launched a public art
initiative to make contemporary art more accessible to residents and
visitors. Installations by internationally renowned artists Tom Otterness
and Julian Opie formed the first two public art exhibitions. These shows
garnered international attention for the city and resulted in permanent
acquisitions.
Greg Charleston, president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis, expects
Booker’s project to be equally successful. “Chakaia Booker’s exhibition is
an excellent match for the city,” Charleston said. “Her choice of material
and her unique ability to shape it provides cultural, political, and
environmental metaphors that will connect with our community’s auto racing
culture; our rich African-American heritage; and the city’s GreenPrint,
which sets a vision for a sustainable Indianapolis.”

SOURCE Arts Council of Indianapolis

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