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Dr. Ann Grimaldi

Dr. Ann Grimaldi (Weatherspoon Art Museum) received new funding from the North Carolina Arts Council for the project “Sanford Biggers, Exhibition.”

The Weatherspoon Art Museum will present an exhibition (Dec. 3, 2017 – April 8, 2018) of dynamic, multimedia paintings by Sanford Biggers – an artist internationally recognized for merging the history of slavery, hip-hop culture, Buddhism and cultural identity. Using antique southern quilts as his base, Biggers densely layers these found canvases with imagery culled from such seemingly disparate sources: lotus flowers, slave ships and graffiti. The themes of Biggers’ works are linked by navigation, allowing the motifs to become meditations on past, present and future wayfinding. They simultaneously recall stories of quilts being used as markers on the Underground Railroad and star charts employed by astronomers.

Biggers has held an internationally prominent position in the arts since the early 2000s. His work has been consistently shown worldwide at institutions such as the Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland. Biggers speaks to contemporary issues by placing them within a layered historical context. Most recently he gave a Ted Talk reminding his audience that the history he continually comments on has been more than 500 years in the making and that it is more important than ever to continue to create art that brings issues of race and identity to the surface.

The Sanford Biggers exhibition will be accompanied by four public programs including a TED Talk-like presentation by Sanford Biggers, a curatorial talk by Dr. Emily Stamey,  a book discussion on Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad”, and a hip-hop performance by UNCG students. WAM will organize guided tours for K-12, college, and adult visitors and create a visitor learning guide. In addition, Biggers will participate in a studio critique with UNCG MFA graduate students.