BLACK RADICAL AESTHETICS & VISIBILITY

Hearing Room 1  |  3:30pm–4:30pm

Rodney Barnette founded the Compton chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968, and the FBI began amassing a file on his whereabouts and activities that would grow to over 500 pages. In 2016 his daughter, the artist Sadie Barnette, reclaimed and re-presented that file in an act of radical aesthetics. What do the Barnettes teach us about, in Sampada Aranke’s words, “the intimate proximity between visibility, policing, and surveillance in the wake of COINTELPRO?”

RODNEY BARNETTE has spent years fighting for social justice. After being drafted and sent to Vietnam, he came home to participate in the anti-war movement, founded the Compton California Chapter of The Black Panthers, and was a member of the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis.

SADIE BARNETTE is an artist from Oakland. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and is in the permanent collections of museums such as The Pérez Art Museum in Miami, the California African American Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

SAMPADA ARANKE is an Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art at the San Francisco Art Institute. Her research interests include performance theories of embodiment, art history and visual culture, and black cultural and aesthetic theory.