The Black Aesthetic
| An Evening of Film & Conversation

Feb 25, 2022

The Kitchen

Sadie Barnette

Join Professor Leigh Raiford of The Black Studies Collaboratory, interdisciplinary creative collective The Black Aesthetic (Jamal Batts, Ra Malika Imhotep, Leila Weefur, Nan Collymore), artist Sadie Barnette, and founder of the original Eagle Creek Saloon Rodney Barnette in an evening of film and conversation at The Kitchen. Sadie Barnette and Rodney Barnette will open the evening with a cross-generational dialogue about their ongoing collaboration and the expansive histories therein. This will be followed by a screening of short films and accompanying discussion as organized by The Black Aesthetic and The Black Studies Collaboratory.

This public program provides ASL interpretation and will be presented on-site at The Kitchen as well as broadcast on the Studio Museum website. The program contains music, film, and low-lighting.

The Black Aesthetic: An Evening of Film & Conversation with Sadie Barnette, Rodney Barnette, and The Black Aesthetic collective at The New Eagle Creek Saloon is presented in partnership with The Kitchen and The Black Studies Collaboratory at UC Berkeley. This program is part of Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon, presented at The Kitchen from January 18-March 6 in conjunction with madison moore: Nightlife-in-Residence.

Purchase Tickets: sliding scale: $5-$15. Now on-sale.

The event will be live streamed with captioning, ASL, and Spanish language interpretation. Zoom livestream link here


In 1990, Rodney Barnette (aka my dad) opened the New Eagle Creek Saloon to serve a multiracial gay community marginalized by the racist profiling practices of San Francisco’s queer bar scene at the time. I am introducing the New Eagle Creek Saloon into the channels of existing queer histories, but I am also manifesting its own archive, which recognizes the limits of ‘official histories’ and celebrates the unknown and unknowable.


Sadie Barnette