New Orleans, LA
New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentation, Mélange.
Including films and recent works on paper, as well as the artist’s vogue performance, this assembly of genre-bending works frames both Newsome’s live performance and studio practice through the history of collage. Using layered constructions of formal material to investigate layered constructions of social identity, Mélange borrows from dance, technology, gaming, and hand-crafted collage for a transformative presentation of art in motion.
In the Mélange performances, five dancers represent the five elements of vogue femme—hands, cat walk, floor performance, spin dips, and duck walking. As each dancer takes the floor, a hip-hop M.C., an operatic vocalist, and local musicians improvise an interactive soundtrack, building to a beautifully-structured crescendo of sound and movement. Performances will be held January 20 at 7:30pm & 9:30pm in the CAC Galleries.
Exhibition overview from museum website