On view December 16, 2017 through April 8, 2018.
Multimedia artist Sanford Biggers creates artworks that intentionally complicate our understandings of history, culture, and identity. His densely layered paintings on antique southern quilts combine imagery from such disparate sources as Buddhism, graffiti, and harmonics. Linked by themes of navigation, these motifs simultaneously recall stories of quilts being used as markers on the Underground Railroad and star charts employed by astronomers. At once visually beautiful and conceptually rich, they pose important questions about how history informs the present and how all humans-regardless of context-try to make their way in a complicated world.
Sanford Biggers holds a BA from Morehouse College in Atlanta and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Biggers currently serves as Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program in New York City and was recently awarded the 2017-18 Rome Prize.
Free and open to the public