The formal Boeing Galleries in Millennium Park are a home for modern and contemporary art, where visitors can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists. Located on both the north and south sides of the Park, the galleries provide a high quality historical, social and cultural context of the art and architecture of our time.
Ranging in height from 96 to 192 inches and weighing up to a ton, these works are created using rubber tires and stainless steel. As the New York Times describes, “Old tires never die, they just transform into works of Art.” Booker’s work is inspired by a fusion of cultural and aesthetic influences including texture, movement, softness, power and strength. Her work translates simple materials into complex images that stimulate the viewer to reconsider the expressive nature of art. Booker began her career making wearable sculpture in the 1980s, and those early explorations can still be seen in the woven, textile-like qualities of her current work.
Chakaia Booker received her BA in Sociology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, and her MFA from the City College of New York. Based in NYC, Booker maintains a studio in a former commercial laundry building in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in 2005. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem among many others. Locally, Booker’s work is currently on view at Governor’s State University (University Park, Illinois) and on The 606/ Bloomingdale Trail (Chicago, Illinois).
Chicago Architecture Biennial Lakefront Kiosks
October 3, 2015-Spring 2016
6 am – 11 pm
Millennium Park, Chase Promenade near Cloud Gate
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
This exhibit will feature the winning entry of an international Lakefront Kiosk Competition plus work by architecture students at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago
For additional information please visit chicagoarchitecturebiennial.org
“Jaume Plensa: 1004 Portraits”June 17, 2014 - October 2015
South Boeing Gallery
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain, the artist presents four monumental sculptures installed in Millennium Park for his exhibition 1004 Portraits. The sculptures are portraits of young girls created in cast iron and resin; they continue the story of the original 1000 portraits of local Chicago residents that illuminate the Crown Fountain each day.
“Millennium Park: An Anatomy in Photographs”June 17, 2014 - October 2015
North Boeing Galleries
Celebrating Chicago’s Millennium Park’s Ten- Year Anniversary, this exhibition of photographs has beencurated by John Vinci of Vinci/Hamp, Architects, and concsists of over 50 images related to the Park including vintage photographs, images of the park before, during and after construction, and the work of numerous photographers who used Millennium Park as their subject.
Past Boeing Gallaries Sculpture Exhibitions“Legends, Truths, and Myths: Jun Kankeo”
April 12 - November 3, 2013
June Kaneko (Japanese Artist)
“Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge”
April 6 – October 1, 2013
Yvonne Domenge (Mexican Artist)
Past Photo Exhibitions“In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World”
Chicago Botanic Garden
May 5- October 22, 2006
“Revealing Chicago: An Aerial Portrait”
Terry Evans (American Photographer)
June 10- October 10, 2005