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Sanford Biggers
Multimedia artist Sanford Biggers presents The Somethin?? Suite, a conceptual exploration of the ???Negro variety show??? popular at the turn of the 20th century. Presented in speakeasies and small variety theaters across the country, with performers (both black and white) typically appearing in blackface for white audiences, they were deeply problematic, but also catapulted some of America??s most inventive musicians, including Ma Rainey, Scott Joplin, and Al Jolson, to stardom. Arguably the first distinctively American theatrical form, the oppressive system behind blackface entertainment has evolved into today??s popular music industry, Biggers suggests. The Somethin?? Suite, following minstrelsy's traditional 3-act structure, is performed by spoken-word artist Saul Williams, singers Esthero, Shae Fiol, Imami Uzuri, and Martin Luther, and DJs CX KiDTRONiX and Jahi Sundance, whose talents combine to provide a sonic history of contemporary music as well as a clear-eyed examination of today??s popular music industry. A PERFORMA Commission.

About the Artist
Sanford Biggers (b. Los Angeles, CA, 1970) is a multimedia artist who borrows from the study of ethnological objects, popular icons, and the Dadaist tradition to deal with cultural and creative systems, art history, and politics. He has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, in Nagoya, Japan, and at Triple Candy, New York, and he has been featured in group shows at many venues including The New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, all in New York.

Production Info
A PERFORMA Commission. Supported by grants from the Toby Devan Lewis Philanthropic Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The Greenwall Foundation.



Sanford Biggers
The Somethin?? Suite
2007
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
The Box
Nov 12, 2007
8pm
$25 , $20
For Tickets Ticketweb

 

Sanford Biggers
The Somethin?? Suite
2007
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
The Box
Nov 12, 2007
10pm
$25 , $20
For Tickets Ticketweb