Just Announced: Artist Sanford Biggers Coming to Vanderbilt Nov. 20



Ghettobird Portrait, Sanford Biggers
  • "Ghettobird Portrait," Sanford Biggers

Following its tradition of lectures from seriously cool folks like Barry McGee and Trenton Doyle Hancock, Vanderbilt's Studio VU has booked Sanford Biggers for their fall artist lecture. Biggers cut his teeth as an artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and he had a solo exhibit at Brooklyn Museum in 2011-12.

Vanderbilt University and StudioVU: The Department of Art Lecture Series welcomes acclaimed multimedia artist Sanford Biggers, who will speak on his work at 7 pm on Wed., Nov. 20, in Wilson Hall, Room 126, on the Vanderbilt University campus. All lectures are free and open to the public. Parking is free after 4 in the Wilson Hall lots and the adjacent lot on 21st Ave.

This event is co-sponsored by The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center and the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University.

Read the full press release, and check out a greatest-hits selection of Biggers' work, after the jump.

Martyrs of the Race Track
  • "Martyrs of the Race Track"

The Afronomical Ways
  • "The Afronomical Ways"

Video still from Seen
  • Video still from Seen




Constellation, installation view
  • "Constellation," installation view

Video still from Bittersweet
  • Video still from "Bittersweet"

An LA native working in NYC, Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music andperformance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism,politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.

The significance of Biggers’ work within contemporary society has been celebrated through solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center andMass MoCA. He has participated in prestigious residencies and fellowships including the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California; ARCUSProject Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan; and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary. He has been a fellow of theCreative Time Global Residency, the Socrates Sculpture Park Residency, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views AIR Program, the Eyebeam Atelier Teaching Residency, the Studio Museum AIR Program, the P.S. 1 InternationalStudio Program, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency. His installations, videos, and performances have appeared in venues worldwide including Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia. The artist’s works have been included in notable exhibitions such as: Prospect 1 New Orleans Biennial, Illuminations at the Tate Modern, Performa 07 in NY, the Whitney Biennial, and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Bronx Museum. Additionally, he has won numerous awards including the American Academy in Berlin Prize, Greenfield Prize, New York City Art Teachers Association Artist-of-the-Year, Creative Time Travel Grant, CreativeCapital Project Grant, New York Percent for the Arts Commission, Art Matters Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Award, the Lambent Fellowship in the Arts, the Pennies From Heaven/ New York Community Trust Award, Tanne Foundation Award, and Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award Grant.

Biggers is Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Visual Arts program and a board member of Sculpture Center, Soho House and the CUE Foundation. He has also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture and Expanded Media program and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s VES Department in 2009.

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