Sadie Barnette stops into CFAM to discuss her multimedia repertoire


Sadie Barnette’s work spills in all directions – and we don’t mean the drippy spray paint clouds that show up in some of it. No, she’s a true multimedia artist, in the sense that her practice includes photography, drawing, installations, bookmaking, and even dance once upon a time. The Oakland-based artist is best known for My Father’s FBI Files, a series of installations consisting of the 500 pages of surveillance collected on founding Black Panther Rodney Barnette. His daughter acquired the files through a Freedom of Information Act request and has reworked and adorned the mundane yet chilling observation of Barnette’s every move, day after day, with neon-pink aerosol paint, glitter, rhinestones and family photos, as a reclamation. “The glitter and the spray paint, that represents my generation: graffiti, resistance. But it’s also about a father-daughter relationship,” she told Vogue last year. “I’m a daddy’s girl, looking at the government looking at my daddy.” The Cornell was one of the first institutions to acquire Barnette’s work, and now owns four pieces; two can be seen in Ruptures and Remnants, hanging now at CFAM, and another at the Alfond Inn. Tuesday’s talk covers her work over the past decade, including the FBI project.

6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 | Cornell Museum of Fine Art, Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park | 407-646-2526 | | free


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