Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Sound System), 2018

ARTIST TALK | PHONE HOME with Sadie Barnette

March 2, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Sound System), 2018. Metal flake on found objects. Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery. Photo courtesy Charlie James Gallery.

Join us for an artist talk with Sadie Barnette. Sadie will be in conversation with Olivia Young about her  installation PHONE HOME currently on view at MoAD. Glittering in gold and platinum, the work of Sadie Barnette illuminates relics of a past deeply rooted in West Coast aesthetics and politics. A former artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Barnette presents this installation as an example of a continuous exchange between two centers of Black artistic production.

Whether in the form of drawing, photography or large-scale installation, Sadie Barnette’s work relishes in the abstraction of city space and the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative. Born and raised in Oakland, California, she earned her BFA from CalArts and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and is in the permanent collections of museums such as LACMA, Berkeley Art Museum, the California African American Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was also Artist-in-Residence), Brooklyn Museum and the Guggenheim. She is the recipient of Art Matters and Artadia awards and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Artforum, and Vogue. She lives in Oakland, CA and is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.

Oliva K. Young is a PhD candidate in the department of African Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. Her work examines distortion as a material and methodological aesthetic of black feminist art that calls attention to the contingent and non-visual ways one “sees” blackness and, by extension, black womxn’s sentience and subjectivity. Her writing appears in Women & Performance as well as exhibition catalogues for The New Museum, Gallery 44, The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Antenna Gallery.

This program includes a wine reception