Sanford Biggers at the Mass MoCA
June 28, 2012

BOSTON, MA—A rainbow of light dances on the floor, while vibrant and energetic geometric shapes are arranged as part of an exhibition hosted at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). The exhibit is part a monumental installation by Sanford Biggers called The Cartographer’s Conundrum, which is on view now through October.

The work was influenced by Sanford’s cousin John Biggers, a Houston-based artist who also explores Afrofuturism. The new exhibit incorporates his cousin’s paintings, and further explores themes found within the works. Sanford’s goal is to expand the Afrofuturism genre, which aims to examine and critique both historical and present day dilemmas of people of color, combining elements of science fiction, cosmology, and fantasy.

The installation is set within a large and open room, which evokes the atmosphere of a hall of music or worship. Standing within the exhibit, the viewer is confronted by art in a range of mediums that are exploding out of a pile of musical instruments and church pews on the floor. The Cartographer’s Conundrum features vibrant shapes, objects, and sounds connected to the larger movement of Afrofuturism, which he revisits often in his work. In this way, Biggers uses painting, sculpture, craft, music and performance to analyze and expand the African-American experience.

Sanford Biggers, a graduate School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Skowhegan is one of the most prolific and lauded young artists of his generation. His awards include the Creative Time Travel Grant, Creative Capital Project Grant, New York Percent for the Arts Commission, Art Matters Grant, and the New York Foundation for the Arts Award. He has exhibited work at many institutions, including the Tate Modern, the Whitney Biennial, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. He currently teaches at Columbia University.

Image via the Mass MoCA

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