How do you decontextualize historical narratives around race in America? Harlem-based artist Sanford Biggers takes African wooden figurative sculptures, dips them in wax to erase the facial features, shoots them repeatedly at close range, and then recasts them in bronze. Sometimes he makes wrenching video recordings of the shootings. The results, including brilliant reworkings of antique quilts into three-dimensional objects, are currently on view at Marianne Boesky gallery. They confirm the artist’s firm grasp on the historical context of race and authority and challenge the exclusive right of a chosen few in the retelling of a nation’s past. At Marianne Boesky through October 21.