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In Conversation

Sanford Biggers and Saul Williams

Feb 27, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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  • Sanford Biggers
    Vex, 2013
    Courtesy the artist & Massimo De Carlo Gallery, Rome
    Photo: Adam Reich

  • Sanford Biggers
    Photo: Zachary Larner

  • Saul Williams
    Photo: Andrew Gura

Poet, performer and musician Saul Williams and artist and Columbia faculty member Sanford Biggers explore the sonic, visual and textual in their practices in the context of Afrofuturist aesthetics.  

Saul Williams is one of the most celebrated and globally recognized American poets living today. After the release of his internationally acclaimed film, Slam  (Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D’Or-1998), which he co-wrote and starred in, he has been the figure-head of the Slam Poetry movement and has been asked to read and perform his poetry in over 30 countries and more than 300 universities in the U.S. alone.

Sanford Biggers, whose work is shown in The Shadows Took Shape, creates artworks that integrate 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. Through a multi-disciplinary formal process and a syncretic creative approach he makes works that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are conceptual.

This conversation will be moderated by Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum.

These programs are in collaboration with Columbia University School of the Arts, Office of Community Outreach and Education, Institute for Research in African-American Studies and The Studio Museum in Harlem.


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