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 | cfam.rollins.edu