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Sanford Biggers

Codeswitch

Andrea Andersson and Antonio Sergio Bessa; With contributions by Greg Tate, Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Mia Kang, and John Jennings with David Brame and Esperanza Bey

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April 21, 2020
192 pages, 9 1/2 x 10 1/4
129 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300248647
Hardcover

Published in association with The Bronx Museum of the Arts

“What I want to do is code-switch. To have there be layers of history and politics, but also this heady, arty stuff—inside jokes, black humor—that you might have to take a while to research if you want to really get it.”—Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers (b. 1970) is a Harlem-based artist working in various media including painting, sculpture, video, and performance. He describes his practice as “code-switching”—mixing disparate elements to create layers of meaning—to account for his wide-ranging interests. This catalogue focuses on a series of repurposed quilts (many made in the 19th century) that embodies this interest in mixture. Informed by the significance of quilts to the Underground Railroad, Biggers transforms the quilts into new works using materials such as paint, tar, glitter, and charcoal to add his own layers of codes, whether they be historical, political, or purely artistic. Insightful essays survey Biggers’s career, his art in relation to music, and the history upon which the series draws. Also featured is a short yet powerful graphic essay by an award-winning illustrator that introduces the layered meanings inherent in the art and craft of quilting.

Andrea Andersson is the founding director of Rivers Institute for Contemporary Art & Thought, New Orleans. She previously served as the Helis Foundation Chief Curator of the Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Antonio Sergio Bessa is director of curatorial programs at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
(April 8–September 6, 2020)

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
(October 21, 2020–February 28, 2021)

California African American Museum, Los Angeles
(March–September 2021)
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Gordon Matta-Clark

Anarchitect

Antonio Sergio Bessa and Jessamyn Fiore

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