Joyce Foundation Awardee


Sanford Biggers and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit


Interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers received a Joyce Award to create an interactive art experience for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Biggers will spend a year interacting within Detroit’s art and music communities in preparation for a seminal exhibition that continues his practice of broadening our understanding of American history.

Biggers’ artwork integrates film, video, installation, sculpture, drawing, original music and performance. He intentionally complicates issues such as hip hop, Buddhism, politics, identity and art history in order to offer new perspectives and associations for established symbols.

Biggers’ installations, videos, and performances have appeared in venues worldwide including Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, as well as institutions in China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Poland and Russia. His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Bronx Museum.Biggers is Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Visual Arts program and a board member of Sculpture Center, Soho House and the CUE Foundation. He has also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Sculpture and Expanded Media program and was a visiting scholar at Harvard University's VES Department in 2009.

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