March 24, 2010

Exhibit Chakaia Booker: Energy Made Visible Will Run Through April 24 in Grossman Gallery

An artist talk will be held March 30

Chakaia Booker: Energy Made Visible, an exhibition of art by the award-winning sculptor, is now on display in the Grossman Gallery through Saturday, April 24.

This year’s Grossman Visiting Artist, Booker will give a lecture about her work at 4:10 p.m.Tuesday, March 30 followed by a reception in room 108 of the Williams Center for the Arts.

The Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Gallery is located in the Williams Visual Arts Building, 243 North Third Street. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m., Saturday 12-5 p.m. The exhibition can also be viewed Saturday and Sunday 12-5 p.m. on First Weekend in Easton May 1 and 2. The gallery will be closed on April 4. For more information, contact Michiko Okaya, director of Lafayette art galleries, at (610) 330-5361.

Booker has employed discarded tires as her primary medium since the early 1990s. Through slicing, twisting, overlapping, and weaving tire fragments, she creates sculptures of great energy and complexity. These works embody Booker’s creative vitality and provide powerful commentaries on issues of identity, class, gender, recycling, and ecology.

The Grossman Gallery exhibition includes wall-mounted, freestanding, and pedestal pieces and a limited edition print Booker has recently completed at Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute. In addition, one large, 10-foot tall, sculpture from 2003, Simon Says, has been installed on the grounds of the Williams Center for the Arts.

The artist, who lives and works in Manhattan and Allentown, was a 2002 recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, and a 2005 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York.

The Richard A. and Rissa W. Grossman Artist-in-Residence and Exhibition Series was established by Richard A. Grossman ’64 and his wife Rissa W. to provide opportunities for intensive interaction between students and major artists.

The Lafayette College art galleries are funded in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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