NEW BRITAIN – The latest in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s NEW/NOW exhibition series opening at the end of the month will feature the work of New York artist Sanford Biggers.
In an exclusive for the museum, Biggers will create a large installation with colored sand poured directly on the floor, unaffixed in patterns that evoke prayer rugs or quilts-objects frequently referenced in Biggers’s works for their diverse aesthetic and cultural associations.
According to Melissa Nardiello, the museum’s marketing and design manager, Biggers spent three years in Japan in the 1990s and developed an interest in Buddhism and Eastern philosophical symbols and motifs.
“Adopting the process behind the creation and destruction of Buddhist sand mandalas, his installation will highlight his ongoing interest in ephemeral objects that challenge Western notions of permanence,” said Nardiello.
A native of Los Angeles, Biggers currently resides in New York City, where he is an associate professor in the Visual Arts Department at Columbia University. Woven into a variety of disciplines, he practices art-making in film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance-engaging subjects such as hip-hop, African-American history, Buddhism, politics and identity. Biggers has exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His works are included in the collections of, in part, the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Walker Art Center.
“NEW/NOW Sanford Biggers” will be on view in the NBMAA’s William L. and Bette Batchelor Gallery from Sept. 30 to Jan. 22. The museum will host a members-only preview at 6 p.m. on Sept. 29.
The museum is located at 56 Lexington St. For more information, call 860-229-0257 or visit nbmaa.org.
-Christopher Fortier, staff writer