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.
Between “Black Refractions” from The Studio Museum in Harlem—another museum pick—and this fantastic solo exhibition featuring up-and-coming art star Sadie Barnette, MoAD is one of the hottest tickets in town. Oakland-based Barnette’s work transforms the urban mundane into glittering spectacle, offering new ways to reflect on identity and place.