Exhibits & Programs
September 8–October 13, 2017
In Dear 1968,… artist Sadie Barnette mines personal and political histories using family photographs, recent drawings, and selections from the 500-page file that the FBI amassed after her father joined the Black Panther Party in 1968. The artist’s first solo traveling exhibition, this immersive reimagining of the family album demonstrates that Barnette’s family story is not theirs alone. Examining the fraught relationship between the personal and the political, the everyday and the otherworldly, the past and the present, she reveals that the injustices of 1968 have not yet been relegated to the pages of history, but live on in new forms today.
The exhibit is part of the symposium “The Black Extra/ordinary,” which will be held Oct. 6 and 7 at Haverford College. That symposium, exploring the poles of black representation via historical archives, social media, fine arts, and other arenas, will also include a performative keynote address by Philly-based performance artist Jaaamil Kosoko on Oct. 6.
Dear 1968,… originated at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis and was curated by Francesca Wilmott, associate curator. Support for its presentation at Haverford College is provided by The John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities and the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.
Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception
Friday, September 8
Talk: 4:30 p.m., Reception: 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery
Detail from Untitled (Dad, 1966 and 1968), 2016. Two c-prints, 46×40 each. © Sadie Barnette. Courtesy of the artist.