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Critical Issues Lecture – Sadie Barnette
WhenThursday, Feb. 20, 2020, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Campus locationHenry Art Gallery and Allen Center for The Visual Arts (HAG)
Campus roomAuditorium
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsSchool of Art + Art History + Design in collaboration with the Henry Art Gallery. This year's lectures are supported by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation and individual donors.

The Critical Issues Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but it does help us estimate attendance.


Read about the entire lecture series on the registration website or at the link below.

Sadie Barnette utilizes drawing, photography, found objects, family memorabilia, and reimagined social spaces to effect earthly resistance and speculative escape. Combining the glittery, maximalist aesthetics of her childhood with the necessity of political resistance, her recent works engage as primary source material the 500-page FBI surveillance file kept on her father, Rodney Barnette, who founded the Compton, California, chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968. In the artist’s hands, these repressive documents are reclaimed — splashed with pink spray paint and adorned with crystals — in an intergenerational assertion of the power of the personal as political. Born in 1984 in Oakland, California, her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. She is a recipient of the Art Matters and Artadia awards, and her work is in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Berkeley Art Museum, the California African American Museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Guggenheim.…
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