Studio Sanford Biggers – February 2015 Update

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happy black mystery month

“A time comes when silence is betrayal.”
-MLK, 1967-
You ever wonder about all of the American history you missed?
If the names Crispus Attucks, Benjamin Banneker, Shirley Chisholm, Charles Drew, Medgar Evars, Madame C.J. Walker and other fathers and mothers of invention and liberation do not ring a bell, you may have some gaps in your historical knowledge of the US.
And consider that “Black” history includes the Diaspora, bringing Alexandre Dumas, John Michell, Queen Nzinga, Alexander Pushkin, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and Wangari Maathai into the conversation.
Looks like your gonna need more than 28 days to fill that void. Unfortunately, as subjective as history can be, the erasure or ignorance of it silences crucial conversations.

I hope those of you with a platform from which to speak, continue saying meaningful things.

– sanford


– Sanford is a recipient of the 2015 Joyce Award (more)   
where he will partner with MOCAD, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit and Moon Medicin (more) in a new multidisciplinary work called “Subjective Cosmology.” It will begin with a yearlong interaction with Detroit’s art and music communities, and culminate in an exhibition in Fall 2016. Stay tuned for more updates and upcoming events.
– After much anticipation,AFROPUNK presents The Triptych (more) is airing February 9th! Produced by Matthew Morgan and Jocelyn Cooper of AFROPUNK and directed by Terence Nance and Barron Claiborne the film immerses AFROPUNK in the world of fine art. This episode explores the lives and work of 3 of todays most celebrated visual artists: Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne. 

(listings near you)

New York – 8:00PM EST
LA – 10:00PM PAC
Chicago – 7:00PM CEN
DC/Baltimore – 8:00PM EST
Atlanta – 8:00PM EST
San Fran/Oakland – 10:00PM PAC
Philadelphia – 8:00PM EST

Click to hear Sanford’s contribution to Afropunk’s Mixtape 003 (more)– Phaidon Press includes Sanford in
AKADEMIE X: Lessons in Art + Life (more)“Learn to think, see and live like an artist with this inspirational and practical guide on how to live a creative life written by the world’s most thought-provoking artists” (click above link for video)
– Sanford is also a recipient of the Berlin Prize and a current fellow at the American Academy in Berlin (more), where he will give a public talk on February 24. Details here.

*all links and jpgs are active*


‘The Freedom Principal:Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago 
July 11- November 22, 2015
More info

‘Draw: Mapping Madness’
Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing
December 13, 2014- March 1, 2015
More info

‘New Ways of Seeing: Cultural Hybridity and Aesthetic Liberty,’
curated by Jan Castro
Dorsky Gallery

Long Island City, NY 

Smack Mellon Studios, NYC
Jan 17 -Feb 22
More info

2014 Recent Solo & Group Exhibitions:
3 Dollars & 6 Dimes,’ David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
Vex,’ Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO  
Americana, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami Fl 
The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona., Girls Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 
New Bed, Krowswork Gallery, Oakland, CA 
Metabolic Bodies, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL 
BLACK EYE, ConceptNV, New York, NY, curated by Nicola Vassell 

Danpatsu, outdoor video screening, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
Shake, Shuffle, Urban Video Project, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY  

Everyday a Sunset Dies (LKG),' 2014, 78 in x 78 in, Antique quilts, assorted fabrics, fabric treated acrylic, spray paint