Sadie Barnette

Download PDF

Sadie Barnette is from Oakland, California. She earned her BFA from CalArts and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally at venues including The Studio Museum in Harlem (where she was Artist in Residence), the California African American Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, The Mistake Room, Self Help Graphics, Charlie James Gallery, Ever Gold Projects, Papillion Gallery, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, and Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. Named as one of the “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know” by the Huffington Post, Barnette has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian UK, Artforum, Vogue, and Fader magazine, among other publications. Her work 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. She lives and works in Oakland, CA and Compton, CA and is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.


2012                    Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego, CA

2006                   Bachelor of Fine Arts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA



2017                    Dear 1968,..., Manetti Shrem Museum, UC Davis, April

                            Do Not Destroy, Curated by Alexandra Giniger, Baxter St at CCNY, New York, NY

2016                    FROM HERE, Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

                            Superfecta, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 2013                   Composed and Performed, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012                    Everything, All The Time, Always, Double Break Gallery, San Diego, CA

2010                    Light/Weight, Zughaus Gallery, Berkeley, CA

                            Graph, Visual Arts Department, UCSD 

2008                   Baby Needs New Shoes, Fur Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006                   LA Face With A Oakland Booty, CalArts Lime Gallery, Valencia, CA



2017                    Excerpt, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

                           A New Look, Monique Meloche, Chicago, IL

                           March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY

                           A Mere Sum of Parts, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                           Humanity Today, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016                   All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, Oakland Museum of California

                           Taking Place: Selections from the Permanent Collection, California African  

                           American Museum, Los Angeles, CA

                           Life During Wartime, Diane Rosentein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                           After Pop Life, Curated by Glen Helfand, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco 


                           Southland, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                           March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY  

2015                   Young, Gifted and Black, Curated by Hank Willis Thomas, Goodman Gallery, 

                           Johannesburg, South Africa

                           Everything, Everyday, Artist in Residence exhibition, Studio Museum in Harlem, 

                           New York, NY

                           That’s On Me, curated by Lauren Halsey, Paris Blues, New York, NY

                           American Survey Pt. 1, Papillion, Los Angeles, CA

                           Incognito 2015, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

                           The Silence of Ordinary Things, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles, CA

2014                   At Sixes and Sevens, Pieter, Los Angeles, CA

                           Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

                           5 Year Anniversary, Ever Gold Gallery, San Francisco CA

2013                   Present Tense Future Perfect, Curated by Teka Selman, Carol Jazzar Gallery,  

                           Miami, FL

                           Connection, Reflection, Curated by Nikki Pressley, Charlie James Gallery, Los 

                           Angeles, CA

                           Art Intersections, Smithsonian Asian-Latino “pop-up” museum, Washington, DC 

                           The Matter at Hand, Dagny + Barstow, New York, NY

2012                   FORE, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

                           Sueños Libres, West Coast Soñazos, Self Help Graphics, East Los Angeles, CA

                           More Real Than Life, Southwestern College Gallery, San Diego, CA

2011                    Gravity//Trajectory, curated by Louis Schmidt, Double Break Gallery, San Diego, 


                           Last Time it was Gray, two person show with Ian Johnson, Park Life Gallery, San 

                           Francisco, CA

                           Adrift: A Raft, curated by Rujeko Hockley, Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA

2010                   You Knew This Was Coming, Park Life Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2009                  We Live Inside, Visual Arts Gallery, UCSD, San Diego, CA

2007                  The Pyramid Show, Monte Vista Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006                  Stomping Ground, Lucy Florence Gallery, Leimert Park, Los Angeles, CA

                           Slam!,  Tilford Art Group, Los Angeles, CA

                           BLING, Curated by Mark Greenfield, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA

                           Boroughs of Los Angeles, William Grant Still Arts Center, Los Angeles, CA



2017                    Art Matters Grant awardee 

2016                    Artist in Residence, The Hermitage, Englewood, FL

2015                    Artist in Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2012                    Vermont Studio Center residency fellowship, Johnson, VT

2011                     Thurgood Marshall College artist in residence, University of California, San Diego, 


2009                   Diversity Fellowship Award, University of California, San Diego, CA

2004                   Undergraduate Multicultural Scholarship, Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA

2002                   Youth Catalyst Grant, City of Oakland, CA



2017                   Korman, Sam. “Sadie Barnette: Do Not Destroy”, Artreview, April Issue. 

                           Harden, Essence. “Sadie Barnette and Essence Harden in Conversation”, 

                           Performa-Arts.Org, March 7. 

                           Gore, Sydney. “How The Daughter Of A Black Panther Is Making Art Out Of Her

                           Father’s Legacy”, Nylon Magazine, February 4.

                           Lehrer, Adam. “When Sadie Barnette Learned The FBI Kept Records On Her Dad’s

                           Activism, She Saw Potential For Art”, Forbes, January 20. 

                           Rawley, Lena. “This Black Panther Leader’s Daughter Reclaimed His FBI File As  

                           Art”, The Cut, January 19. 

                           Sargent, Antwuan. “This Artist Turned Her Father’s 500-Page File Into Arts”, Artsy 

                           Editorial, January 19. 

                           Bengal, Rebecca. “Sadie Barnette Turned Her Black Panther Father’s FBI File Into

                           Art”, Vogue, January 19. 

                           Harris, Marquita. “artist sadie barnette is reclaiming her black panther father’s fbi

                           file”, i-D.vice, January 19. 

2016                  Yates, Taylor. “Sadie Barnette”, Selfish Magazine, July 25. 

                           Hockley, Rujeko. “Conversation with Rujeko Hockley”, SFAQ, February 29.

                           Knight, Christopher. “Sadie Barnette’s Superfecta and the bets of the art world,”    

                           Los Angeles Times, February 1. 

2015                   Edwards, Adrienne. “The Specified Universal in Sadie Barnette’s Art,” exhibition 

                           catalogue for Everything Everyday at Studio Museum in Harlem.

                           Cotter, Holland. “Review: ‘Everything, Everyday’ Explores Affinities at Studio

                           Museum in Harlem,” New York Times, Art & Design online.

2012                   Archery, Karen. “Time Travel,” exhibition catalogue for FORE at Studio Museum in  


                           Merjian, Ara H. “Review: FORE, The Studio Museum in Harlem,” Artforum online.



2017                   “Black Radical Aesthetics & Visibility,” Sadie Barnette and Rodney Barnette with 

                            Sampada Aranke, Oakland Book Festival

                          South of Pico book launch,” Dr. Kellie Jones with Sadie Barnette and Ashley  

                           James, Studio Musuem in Harlem

                          “The Artist’s Reflection on the Archive,” James A Porter Colloquium, Howard  


                          "Creative Mornings: Sadie and Rodney Barnette in Conversation," Oakland 

                           Museum of California

                          "Visiting Artist: Sadie Barnette," San Francisco Art Institute, 2017

2016                 “Abstraction to Visual Order,” Black Portraiture(s)III conference, Johannesburg, 

                          South Africa

                         “Black Power to Black Lives Matter,” The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, 


2015               “The Artist’s Voice: Sadie Barnette interviews her father Rodney Barnette,” at 

                           Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

                         “WNYC presents Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artists in Residence in conversation,”  

                           at The Green Space, New York

2013                 “The Artist’s Voice: West Coast Vernacular,” Sadie Barnette, Noah Davis and  

                           Brenna Youngblood with Franklin Sirmans, at Studio Museum in Harlem, New 




2015                   How To Vol. 2, written and published by Sadie Barnette, New York

2013                   NOTHING, written and published by Sadie Barnette, Los Angeles, CA

2012                   How To, written and published by Sadie Barnette, San Diego, CA

                           XO, written and published by Sadie Barnette, San Diego, CA

                           Box of Books Vol. 7, ed. Darin Klein, Los Angeles, CA

2010                  Plus One, by Sadie Barnette, Gravity//Trajectory Publishing, San Diego, CA