Sadie Barnette Artist Talk and Opening Reception

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Installation view of Sadie Barnette: Legacy and Legend at Pitzer College Art Galleries (Lenzner Family Art Gallery) at Pitzer College, July 22 to December 18, 2021. This exhibition is co-organized with the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College. Photography courtesy of Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend
One exhibition in two venues

Opening Reception & Artist Talk
In celebration of Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend, Pitzer College Art Galleries and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College invite you to the public opening and artist talk by Sadie Barnette.

Saturday, November 6, 2021
4:00 p.m. Sadie Barnette Artist Talk
4:30–6:00 p.m. Opening Reception
Loeb Family Art Pavilion, Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College

The exhibition is open for viewing at both venues throughout the event. Maps to Pitzer College Art Galleries, open 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will be available at the Benton.

The event is free and open to the public. For the safety of our communities, masks and registration are required.

Saturday, November 6, 2021
Please register in advance or at the event upon arrival.

In collaboration with Faculty-In-Residence, Professor Andrea Scott, Pitzer College Art Galleries is pleased to present the West Coast debut of Bunker (2021), a film by Jenny Perlin. This is a rare opportunity to view Perlin’s newly released feature film outside of independent film festival circuits.

Pre-register for this free Claremont Colleges event. Masks are required, and guests must complete Pitzer’s Health Questionnaire.

Bunker is a film about people who sell subterranean living space and those that live underground. Completed just before the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections, it depicts the crafting of exclusive underground shelters across the U.S. and the conversion of missile silos into subterranean skyscrapers, whose high-end condos now sell for millions of dollars. The film also provides an intimate look at men who have, for various reasons, devoted their lives to reclaiming and inhabiting repurposed Cold War sites.

I started traveling to meet people living underground in former missile silos and munitions bunkers in the American Midwest in early 2018, after spending a year contending with the result of the 2016 elections. The project seemed a necessary way to try to revisit and reclaim some of my own upbringing. I knew there was more to the place than the way the media portrayed it. 

People ask me why I make these trips alone and how I can deal with spending days and nights underground talking with strange men who like to declaim their philosophies for hours on end. In short, I suppose that talking to others allows for a kind of dissolution that I find both satisfying and strange. As the conversation continues, it’s not at all that I agree with their perspective, but that their person-ness is present before me, and in the context in which they are speaking, it is simply logical that what they are saying comes out of them. Only later, usually as I’m transcribing the interview, does it hit me where I’ve been. But by then, the empathy is there too, all mixed in.”

Jenny Perlin, January 2021

Jenny Perlin has written more on her film Bunker at her substack, Beyond Place.

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