Auspicious Behavior by Chakaia Booker

Auspicious Behavior - Chakaia Booker

The Nancy Adams and Charles Sims Visiting Artist

Hartmann Center Gallery 

April 22 - May 17

Lecture: May 9, 5pm - Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center

Reception: May 9, 6-7:15pm - Hartmann Center Gallery

Auspicious Behavior features 14 one-of-a-kind prints, 3 wall sculptures and one free-standing sculpture by artist Chakaia Booker.  This traveling exhibition was made possible by The Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee.  The exhibition originally was conceived to coincide with Booker’s role as Keynote Speaker at the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Conference held in Knoxville.  The Ewing Gallery worked with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop to secure the a portion of the prints. An additional prints were produced in the University of Tennessee printshop by Booker, Blackburn Workshop master printer, Justin Sanz, and UT students.



Booker has been making prints with the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop since 2009 and has been collaborating with master printer Justin Sanz since 2016. Her utilization of the printmaking process chine collé allows her to create unique prints comprised of collaged lithographs and ink drawings. Booker has developed her own method to create her prints; Taking full advantage of the various tools and materials available in the print studio, Booker cuts into woodblocks with drills, chisels and grinders and paints on paper with gouache, watercolor and film ink to create an array of lively marks: some sharp and rough, others organic, swirling and energetic. A departure from the characteristically dark color palette of her sculptural work, Booker layers thin, hand-painted and printed Asian papers, combining bright reds and yellows with muted earth tones and blues. Once composed, these papers are adhered together through the process of chine collé.



Booker began to integrate discarded construction materials into large, outdoor sculptures in the early 1990s. Tires resonate with her for their versatility and rich range of historical and cultural associations. Booker slices, twists, weaves, and rivets this medium into radically new forms and textures, which easily withstand outdoor environments.



Chakaia Booker received a B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University (1976) and a MFA from the City College of New York (1993). She was selected for the Whitney Biennial in 2000, awarded the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2002 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005. Booker’s work has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. Select solo exhibitions include: The National Museum of Women in the Arts; Milwaukee Art Museum; The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Queens Museum of Art; Katonah Museum of Art and Storm King Arts Center. She has been included in group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Art and Design, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, among others. Her work is the collections of the following selected institutions: the Bronx Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; Newark Museum and The Snite Museum of Art. Booker lives in New York City and her studio is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.


Some media in Bradley University's current print, video and online materials was acquired before the COVID-19 pandemic. Media acquired after the pandemic began was done so in compliance with Bradley's COVID-19 safety protocols at the time. The ongoing safety of our faculty, staff and students is of the utmost concern during these unprecedented times.