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"Sanford Biggers: both/and not either/or"
2004-05-28 until 2004-08-16
Contemporary Arts Center
Cincinnati, OH, USA

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) presents Sanford Biggers “Both/And Not Either/Or”, an exhibition that will embrace Japanese hip-hop, Buddhist tradition, and African-American power on May 28 through August 16. Sanford Biggers is a New York-based artist whose sculptural installations draw from a remarkably diverse range of sources, including Eastern religions, black vernacular expression, 1970s process art, urban street culture, and new technologies. He works with discarded and overlooked materials—linoleum, lumber, recyclables—seamlessly blending ancient and contemporary, local and global images to encourage a reconsideration and revaluation of everyday experience and meditation on the interconnectedness of all people and cultures.

For the CAC, Biggers will produce a new exhibition environment entitled “Both/And Not Either/Or.” The exhibition will focus on a bell choir ceremony in Japan where he explores the connection between contemporary and ancestral.  Biggers’ exhibition will draw together elements of sculpture, music, performance and video documentation.

Biggers received his B.A. from Morehouse College and his M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. His work has also been featured in such group exhibitions as the 2002 Whitney Biennial, Freestyle at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and One Planet Under a Groove at The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

This exhibition is organized by the CAC.

About the Contemporary Arts Center

Founded in 1939 as the Modern Art Society by three visionary women in Cincinnati, the Contemporary Arts Center was one of the first institutions in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting the art of our time. In May 2003, the Center relocated to its first free-standing home, the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, designed by Zaha Hadid. Throughout its distinguished 64-year history, the Center has earned a reputation for stimulating thought and introducing new ideas by presenting the work of diverse artists from around the world, including hundreds of now-famous artists such as Laurie Anderson, Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Nam June Paik, I.M. Pei, Robert Rauschenberg, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.

The CAC focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media, presenting 8 to 12 exhibitions and 20 to 40 performances annually. Occupying the entire sixth floor of the new Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center, the CAC’s Sara M. & Patricia A. Vance Education Center: The UnMuseum® offers children and families opportunities to experience the art of our time, including hands-on projects, school tours, after-school clubs, family days and other programs serving young people. The CAC receives ongoing support from the Fine Arts Fund, Ohio Arts Council, City of Cincinnati and AllOver Media

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