Search

A concrete cantilevered building against blue sky and green landscaping

A large green wall with oil paintings in gold frames above a tiled floor

A museum interior space with paintings and concrete walls and stairs

A concrete-walled lobby with windows, a tiled floor, and a circular desk

The top of a concrete spiral staircase with a wooden railing

A tall tree is the focal point of a garden in between two concrete buildings

About arrow_back

Admission for everyone is always free! Check here for current hours and more.

A concrete cantilevered building against blue sky and green landscaping

Collections arrow_back

The Johnson Museum holds more than 40,000 works in its collection from around the world.

A large green wall with oil paintings in gold frames above a tiled floor

Exhibitions arrow_back

Check out what’s on view this season at the Museum and look back through our history.

A museum interior space with paintings and concrete walls and stairs

Events arrow_back

Free events for everyone, plus special programs for students, families, and more!

A concrete-walled lobby with windows, a tiled floor, and a circular desk

Learn arrow_back

The Johnson Museum actively contributes to the intellectual life of our campus and community.

The top of a concrete spiral staircase with a wooden railing

Support arrow_back

Help the Johnson Museum continue its legacy by making a gift today.

A tall tree is the focal point of a garden in between two concrete buildings

Hank Willis Thomas, Sanford Biggers

(American, born 1976)

Seeker

View All Works

Object Details

Artist

Hank Willis Thomas, Sanford Biggers

Date

2012

Medium

Digital chromogenic print and Plexiglas with Lumisty film Edition 3/3 + 1 AP

Dimensions

Image / sheet: 48 1/2 × 40 inches (123.2 × 101.6 cm)
Frame: 49 1/8 × 41 × 4 inches (124.8 × 104.1 × 10.2 cm)

Credit Line

Acquired through the Jennifer, Gale, and Ira Drukier Fund

Object
Number

2013.009

Seeker falls within the contemporary practice of using photography as more than a documentary tool b(…)

Seeker falls within the contemporary practice of using photography as more than a documentary tool but to convey notions of self-identity, history, and popular culture. Thomas and Biggers employ staging, costuming, and makeup to visually conceptualize the stigma of slavery that exists today. African American artist Sanford Biggers is posed in a fashion similar to traditional portraiture, occupying the center of the composition. The right half of his body is painted with black pigment, the left half with white. By directing our gaze to these bold contrasts, Thomas demonstrates how the dichotomy of black and white is a man-made construct that stems from years of social inequality. As a viewer approaches and walks around the work, the image blurs in and out of focus. This emphasizes that although racial divides are ingrained within our society, they can become blurred and even erased with a certain perspective. (“15 Minutes: Exposing Dimensions of Fame,” curated by undergraduate members of Cornell’s History of Art Major’s Society and presented at the Johnson Museum April 16 – July 24, 2016)

Create an account

Please take a moment to fill your information to create your account.

Reset Password

Lost your password? Please enter your email address. You will receive mail with link to set new password.

Save Artwork

Save the artwork in any of your exhibitions or create a new one.

You have not made any exhibitions.

Create New Exhibition

Create New Exhibition