Muesums & Galleries

Sadie Barnette PHONE HOME

Jan 16, 2019 – Apr 14, 2019
Museum of the African Diaspora
Sadie Barnette PHONE HOME

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. Sculptural speakers, “candy-coated” in holographic car paint, act as both shield and beacon, as the inflection of prismatic light envelops vestiges of her childhood in the Bay Area. With bejeweled offerings of Black power politics and celestial revelry, PHONE HOME provides a refuge for those seeking moments of comfort in the reflection of their own light.