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QC #3

Sanford Biggers

Contemporary Art

Sanford Biggers’s quilt series recalls the supposed use of quilts sewn in specific patterns as signposts for slaves escaping along the Underground Railroad. He employs a complex system of imagery, including star maps, dance notations, and a Buddhist lotus composed of a slave-ship diagram, alluding also to Harriet Tubman’s famous reading of the constellations to find routes north.

Quilting represents an important artistic heritage for African American communities, including the peerless Gee’s Bend quilt-makers from rural Alabama, who in successive generations have worked continuously for nearly a hundred years.

Biggers’s monumental Blossom (2007)—a tree fused with a piano that plays the protest song “Strange Fruit” (see illustration below)—is now on view in the Rubin Pavilion as part of this exhibition.
MEDIUM Textiles and fabric treated acrylic paint on archival paper
DATES 2013
DIMENSIONS sheet: 60 × 60 in. (152.4 × 152.4 cm) frame: 60 1/4 × 60 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (153 × 153 × 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2013.11
CREDIT LINE Gift of the artist
RIGHTS STATEMENT ©Sanford Biggers
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CAPTION Sanford Biggers (American, born 1970). QC #3, 2013. Textiles and fabric treated acrylic paint on archival paper, sheet: 60 × 60 in. (152.4 × 152.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2013.11. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Courtesy of the artists gallery, CUR.2013.11_gallery_photo.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2013.11_gallery_photo.jpg. Courtesy of the artists gallery, 2013
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Sanford Biggers (American, born 1970). <em>QC #3</em>, 2013. Textiles and fabric treated acrylic paint on archival paper, sheet: 60 × 60 in. (152.4 × 152.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist, 2013.11. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Courtesy of the artists gallery, CUR.2013.11_gallery_photo.jpg)

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