Acclaimed multimedia artist Sanford Biggers will talk about his work on Wednesday, November 20, at 7 pm in Wilson Hall, Room 126, on the Vanderbilt campus. This event is part of the StudioVU Lecture Series and cosponsored by the Department of Art, Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, and the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies at Vanderbilt University.
A Los Angeles native working in New York City, Biggers creates artworks that integrate film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates such issues 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 creates works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.
The significance of the artist’s work within contemporary society has been celebrated through solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center and Mass 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; ARCUS Project Foundation, Ibaraki, Japan; and the Art in General/ Trafo Gallery Eastern European Exchange in Budapest, Hungary.
He has been a fellow of the Creative 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 International Studio 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.
Biggers is an assistant professor in 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.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and parking is available after 4 pm in the Wilson Hall lots and the adjacent lot on 21st Avenue. For more information on this lecture or the StudioVU Lecture Series, call the Department of Art at 615-343-7241.