Unveiling of Major Acquisition by African American Sculptor Aligns with 2018 Juried Craft Exhibition Opening

Chakaia Booker’s “One Way” is the first sculpture by an African American Artist Added to Delaware Art Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden

WILMINGTON, DE (Oct. 17, 2018) – The Delaware Art Museum is committed to acquiring works of art by women and historically underrepresented minorities. On Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Museum’s Juried Craft Exhibition Members Preview, we will celebrate our most recent large-scale sculpture acquisition for the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Chakaia Booker’s 2008 One Way, made of recycled tires and stainless steel, is the first artwork by an African American artist to be represented in the Museum’s sculpture garden.

The artist explains that One Way conveys her concerns about diversity, mobility, and hope. The sculpture’s interconnecting circles are meant to resemble movement and perceptual cycles. This significant addition further supports the Delaware Art Museum’s ability to showcase the diversity in process, materials, and interests occupying contemporary art today.

Chakaia Booker is best known for sculptures made of discarded materials—most often recycled tires. Her art explores race, globalization, feminism, and ecology. The Delaware Art Museum is in excellent company as collectors of Chakaia Booker’s work. A large-scale wall sculpture by the artist is featured in the Heritage Hall of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. Booker’s sculptures are also in the public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Storm King Art Center, and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

The timing of this major acquisition perfectly aligns with the opening of the Delaware Art Museum’s Juried Craft Exhibition which will showcase the best in contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. Open to the public October 20, 2018 – January 27, 2019, this year’s Juried Craft Exhibition features a rich array of woodwork, ceramics, furniture, textiles, metalwork, glass, paper, and more.

This year’s juror, Paul Sacaridiz, is the Director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Says Sacaridiz, “…the field of craft has clearly undergone significant changes, opening up dramatically from the more narrow restrictions of skill and mastery that defined it in previous decades. Artists today are engaged with an incredibly broad set of concerns ranging from social practice and institutional critique to design and functionality. Their work now sits as comfortably in the cupboard of one’s home as it does in the context of a gallery exhibition or public performance.”

Visit the Delaware Art Museum to experience all 61 artworks and 39 artists included in the 2018 Juried Craft Exhibition. In addition to the main exhibition space on the first floor and the sculpture garden, related artworks can be found in our contemporary gallery on the second floor of the Museum.

About Chakaia Booker

Chakaia Booker received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Rutgers University, her master of fine arts degree from City College of New York, and has been included in countless group exhibitions beginning with the Whitney Biennial in 2000. In 2012, the National Museum of Women in the Arts installed four of her large-scale sculptures along New York Avenue adjacent to the museum, and in 2014, Towson University presented a survey of recent sculpture. That solo exhibition travelled to the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University in 2015.

About the Delaware Art Museum

For over 100 years, the Delaware Art Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in the state. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other through the visual and the performing arts. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom. Visit delart.org for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.