16 October 7pm WED
ALUMNAE LOUNGE / AIDEKMAN ARTS CENTER, MEDFORD
ANNUAL BECKWITH LECTURE
In Conversation: Sanford Biggers + Christa Clarke
Followed by a reception in Remis Sculpture Court / Aidekman
Exhibiting artist Sanford Biggers will speak with Christa Clarke, Independent Curator/Scholar, Arts of Global Africa, and Affiliate, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University. The Annual Beckwith Lecture was established in 1978 by Leo and Betty Beckwith to bring curators and cultural thinkers of national and international stature to the SMFA. Free and open to all.
The conversation is held in conjunction with the Tufts University Art Galleries exhibition "Sanford Biggers" on view 8 October–15 December in the Tisch Family Gallery, Aidekman Arts Center/Medford. Organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue a with an essay by Christa J. Clarke. Biggers has developed a practice that encourages meaningful dialogue around history and trauma in the United States. Sanford Biggers is the first exhibition focused on his BAM series, begun in 2015, in which the artist seeks to memorialize and honor unarmed black victims of police gun violence in America. Through video, sculpture, and textiles, he brings to light the pain these acts have perpetrated upon society, but also points to the wider human condition and a desire to transcend.