Sanford Biggers: Falk Visiting Artist

  • Dec 16, 2017 – Apr 8, 2018
  • The Leah Louise B. Tannenbaum Gallery, The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery
Sanford Biggers, "Shifter", 2014. Antique quilt fragments, spray paint,
acrylic, and assorted textiles on antique quilt, 88 x 76 in. Private
collection. Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo Gallery, Miami.

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 byastronomers. 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. He currently serves as Assistant Professor at Columbia University in New York and is a recipient of this year’s Rome Prize.

View the education gallery guide for Sanford Biggers here.

This exhibition is organized by Dr. Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions and is presented in collaboration with the UNC Greensboro School of Art as part of the Falk Visiting Artist program along with support from the University Concert & Lecture Series. 

The exhibition and related public programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Related Programs:

UNCG 125th Anniversary Lecture: Colson Whitehead • Feb 8 @ 8pm

Noon @ the ‘Spoon Public Tour • Feb 13 @ 12pm

Noon-Time Talk: Documenting Slavery and Freedom • Feb 21 @ 12pm

Book Discussion of Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" • Mar 1 @ 7pm

Artist Talk: Sanford Biggers, Falk Visiting Artist • Mar 15 @ 7pm

An Evening of Poetry • Apr 5 @ 7pm


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