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7 Heavens

Sanford Biggers

Contemporary Art

Sanford Biggers explores the rich relationships that quilts hold with memory, storytelling, transgenerational knowledge, and the body, in both historical and contemporary contexts. The artist was inspired by the belief that quilts were used and displayed by nineteenth-century abolitionists to convey coded messages and facilitate passage along the Underground Railroad. The title of the work imbues the tradition of quilt-making with a spiritual connection, referring to understandings of the seven different levels of heaven across many faiths. The spiraling and other linear motifs recall sacred geometry, which ascribes symbolic and otherworldly meanings to certain visual forms.
MEDIUM Quilt, acrylic, spray paint, fabric, found objects
DATES 2013
DIMENSIONS 92 1/4 × 93 1/2 × 1 in. (234.3 × 237.5 × 2.5 cm) storage (Handling support size): 96 × 97 × 2 in. (243.8 × 246.4 × 5.1 cm) mount (with cleat): 93 1/2 × 93 1/2 × 4 in. (237.5 × 237.5 × 10.2 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2017.49.1
CREDIT LINE Gift of Sugar Hill Capital Partners
RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
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CAPTION Sanford Biggers (American, born 1970). 7 Heavens, 2013. Quilt, acrylic, spray paint, fabric, found objects, 92 1/4 × 93 1/2 × 1 in. (234.3 × 237.5 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Sugar Hill Capital Partners, 2017.49.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2017.49.1_PS11.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2017.49.1_PS11.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2019
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Sanford Biggers (American, born 1970). <em>7 Heavens</em>, 2013. Quilt, acrylic, spray paint, fabric, found objects, 92 1/4 × 93 1/2 × 1 in. (234.3 × 237.5 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Sugar Hill Capital Partners, 2017.49.1. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2017.49.1_PS11.jpg)