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Barbara Chase-Riboud (BFA '57) Reminisces on Tyler's Early Years

Author: Emily Herbein

Artist, writer, and poet Barbara Chase-Riboud (BFA '57) spoke with Serpentine Galleries, which organized a recent exhibition of work that spanned seven decades of her career. Barbara Chase-Riboud: Infinite Folds, which was on view October 11, 2022- April 10, 2023, showcased her " innovation in sculptural technique, exploring memory, history and power through monumental sculptures and works on paper," Serpentine Galleries writes. "Her unique approach to sculpture and materiality involve "the interplay between folds of cast bronze or aluminum and coils of wool and silk which are knotted, braided, looped, and woven."

"For me," Chase-Riboud says as she opens the interview, "sculpture was never a hobby. Sculpture was something integral to life."

In this video, she recounts her early life and time at Tyler, the evolution of her career, and the truths behind her practice.

Barbara Chase-Riboud: Infinite Folds, installation views, Serpentine North © Barbara Chase-Riboud 2022. Photo: © Jo Underhill, courtesy Serpentine.