Cosmic Voodoo Circus

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Shake, 2011 Hd Color Video Still © Courtesy of the artist & Sculpture Center
Cosmic Voodoo Circus
Curated by: Mary Ceruti

44-19 Purves Street
11101 Long Island City
September 12th, 2011 - November 28th, 2011
Opening: September 11th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Thu-Mon 11-6
installation, video-art, sculpture


SculptureCenter is pleased to announce Cosmic Voodoo Circus, an exhibition of new work by Sanford Biggers commissioned through SculptureCenter's Artist in Residence program. Simultaneously referencing modernist strategies and vernacular forms, Biggers studies and posits historical and contemporary subjectivity as a fluid and multivalent concept. Cosmic Voodoo Circus is curated by Mary Ceruti, and will be on view September 12 - November 7, 2011. An opening reception will take place Sunday, September 11th, 5-7pm and is open to the public.

Biggers, using the diverse elements of the installation will create a carnivalesque environment including an empty trapeze that swings overhead like a pendulum, and a giant figure of bisected sculptural forms based on African spirit sculptures. This exhibition will also include the premiere of a new video titled Shake, shot in Brazil in 2010 with the support of the Creative Time Travel Grant. Shake is the second video in an odyssean trilogy about the formation and dissolution of identity. The first in the trilogy, Shuffle, will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, beginning September 23, 2011 as part of a larger survey of Biggers work.

Sanford Biggers works across disciplines and cultures creating sculpture, video, photography, music and photographs. Incorporating icons and rites ranging from Japanese mandalas and slave quilts to hip hop and YouTube music culture, Biggers' work connects the signifiers and patterns that link African spiritualism, Buddhist sacred rituals, and African-American urban culture. Biggers has been included in several notable exhibitions including Prospect 1/ New Orleans Biennial, Illuminations at the Tate Modern, Performa 07, the Whitney Biennial and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has also had solo exhibitions most recently at Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, Grand Arts, Kansas City, Triple Candie, New York, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, and Matrix/University of Berkeley Museum, Berkeley. Born in Los Angeles, Biggers currently lives in New York and is an Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts at Columbia University.

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