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  • Untitled from the Wayfarer series, 2012. ¬© Hank Willis Thomas.

Picture Windows: Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Sanford Biggers

JANUARY 18–MAY 5, 2013

ICP is launching Picture Windows, a new series of site-specific installations from a global selection of contemporary artists. The inaugural project features work by conceptual photographer Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Sanford Biggers and examines themes of multiplicity, identity, performance, and gesture.

Clad in a divided black and white suit, top hat, and dress shoes, Biggers strikes 13 distinct poses that allude to "dandies," vaudeville performers, dancers, and even Kabuki actors. Inspired by a portrait of a late-19th-century performer, the costume also refers to the Yoruba deity Elegba, the protector of travels and crossroads.

This Picture Windows project was made possible with support from an anonymous donor and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.