Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers’ work is an interplay of narrative, perspective and history that speaks to current social, political and economic happenings while also examining the contexts that bore them. Working with antique quilts that echo rumors of their use as signposts on the Underground Railroad, he engages these legends and contributes to this narrative by drawing and painting directly onto them. Following a residency as a 2017 American Academy Fellow in Rome, the artist recently began working in marble. in 2019. Sanford was awarded the 2017 Rome Prize in Visual Arts, and has had solo exhibitions at several cultural institutions, including the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Tate Modern. His work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Walker Center, Minneapolis; the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C.; and the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. As creative director and keyboardist, he fronts Moon Medicin, a multimedia concept band that straddles visual art and music with performances staged against a backdrop of curated sound effects and video. Moon Medicin performed at Open Spaces Kansas City in 2018 and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Sanford was raised in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in New York City.