Joan Mitchell Center

Paul Rucker

Baltimore, MD; Seattle, WA; Richmond, VA
Sep 10 - Dec 21
Painters & Sculptor Grant recipient (2015)
Sculptor, Installation, Video, Animation, Music Composition
Baltimore, MD
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Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. Much of his current work focuses on the Prison Industrial Complex and the many issues accompanying incarceration in its relationship to slavery. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with schools, active prisons, and inactive prisons such as Alcatraz. His work is intended to be a powerful catalyst for community dialogue. In one of his largest installations, REWIND, Rucker addresses social and cultural issues in race, class, and power by re-envisioning historical events and connecting them to current issues of power and injustice in America. The two 2015 showings of REWIND garnered critical praise, including Baltimore Magazine “Best Artist 2015,” Baltimore City Paper “Best Solo Show 2015,” and coverage by Huffington Post, Artnet News, Washington Post, The Root, and Real News Network. In 2013-2015, Rucker was the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Artist in Residence and Research Fellow at the Maryland Institute and College of Art. In 2015, he received the prestigious Mary Sawyer Baker Award, a cash award that also came with a show at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Rucker is a 2012 Creative Capital grantee, a 2014 MAP Fund grantee, a 2015 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant recipient, a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, and most recently named a 2018 TED Fellow.

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REWIND

REWIND

(Installation view Baltimore Museum of Art), 2015

Birth of a Nation Project

Birth of a Nation Project

2015, mannequins, polyester, Kente, camouflage, fabric, 7 feet tall

September 15, 1963 - Birmingham, Alabama

September 15, 1963 - Birmingham, Alabama

2013

November 29, 2012 - Cleveland, Ohio

November 29, 2012 - Cleveland, Ohio

2015, Excessive Use Series, bullets, Glock 22, wood, archival paper.

May 15, 1916 - Waco, Texas

May 15, 1916 - Waco, Texas

2015

When Black Lives Mattered

When Black Lives Mattered

2015, iron, paper, down fill, 100% cotton

Stories From the Trees Part 2

Stories From the Trees Part 2

2015, animation, and new music composition