American, born 1953
Chakaia Booker (American, born 1953)
Rubber, wood, and steel
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Gift of Lynn Schneider and purchase with David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisition Fund
In the course of her career, Chakaia Booker has worked almost exclusively with recycled automobile tires rending them apart into razor-sharp, ebony ribbons with which she fashions her sculpture. Booker began working with tires in the early 1990s as an "aesthetic response to the urban landscape of Northern New Jersey." Destiny's Doorman is a totemic work suggesting the possibility of transformation and redemption in its suggestion of portals to another realm of awareness. While the material she uses suggests urban blight, its powerful, churning form surges upward to the heavens signifying the beauty, strength and resiliency of African American culture.
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