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.