August 30, 2017

Sadie Barnette
Dear 1968,...

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College

Detail from The Living Room, 2017. Custom wall vinyl, installation dimensions variable. © Sadie Barnette. Courtesy of the Artist and Charlie James Gallery.

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. 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.

Dear 1968,… is accompanied by a publication designed by Brian Welesko with contributions from Sampada Aranke, Sadie Barnette, and Christina Knight.

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.

Part of the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery aims to extend cultural literacy through the display and analysis of work across visual and material media. Envisioning exhibition spaces as active workshops for the exploration of visual culture, the Exhibitions Program partners with faculty, students, and visiting curators to design exhibitions that connect curricular interests and scholarship with contemporary artistic practice.

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12 to 5pm, and Wednesdays until 8pm

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Matthew Seamus Callinan, Associate Director of the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery and Campus Exhibitions, at mcallina [​at​] or T (610) 896 1287.

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