Oracle by Sanford Biggers

Presented by Art Production Fund and Rockefeller Center
in partnership with Marianne Boesky Gallery

Oracle is a continuation of Biggers’ recent Chimera sculptures, a series of figurative sculptures created by combining African masks and European figures that explore historical depictions of the body and their subsequent myths, narratives, perceptions, and power. The Chimera sculptures specifically challenge the associated cultural and aesthetic assumptions about their source material while acknowledging the often dubious origins of the original objects themselves. This sculpture will be the artist’s largest-scale commission to date.

SANFORD BIGGERS (b. 1970) was raised in Los Angeles and currently lives and works in New York City. He is the recipient of numerous awards; in 2021 he was awarded as deFINE Art’s Honoree, in 2020 he was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship; in 2019 he was inducted into the New York Foundation for the Arts Hall of Fame, in 2018 he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and in 2017 he was presented the 2017 Rome Prize in Visual Arts. His museum solo exhibition titled Codeswitch was on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts through April 2021. Recent solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2018), an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2017) and the Barnes Foundation (2017). Biggers’ 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.; the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; and the Legacy Museum, Montgomery, among others.

The presentation of Oracle at Rockefeller Center is made possible with generous support from Tishman Speyer and Marianne Boesky Gallery with additional support from Sarah Arison.

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