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Coffee and Conversation: Chakaia Booker

February 10, 2023
3 pm

Join Museum educators in an interactive tour of Chakaia Booker’s Shaved Portions (2021), currently on view outside the Museum. Booker, an American sculptor, is renowned for her artistic practice that pushes the limits of abstraction through the use of her signature material—discarded rubber tires salvaged from city streets, auto-repair shops, and dumps—and its relation to ecological concerns. Shaved Portions epitomizes Booker’s ability to radically transform this industrial material into an incredible array of biomorphic forms.

The interactive tour will highlight this contemporary Black artist whose work has explored the complex relationships among environmental issues, racial and economic difference, and gender through her assemblages. Participants are encouraged to share observations and interpretations.

Following the tour, attendees are invited to socialize and enjoy a complimentary drink from the Museum’s Coffee Bar.

This program is offered in partnership with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s programming for Black History Month. Learn more about this organization and other events here >>

Free and open to all WashU students. Registration is encouraged; RSVP here >>

Image credit

Chakaia Booker (American, b. 1953), Shaved Portions, 2021. Rubber tires, stainless steel, and steel. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sid Hastings / Washington University.