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Rashaad Newsome

The Language of Power: A Hotel Lobby Conversation with Rashaad Newsome  

Graz, Austria, Sept. 2014: Rashaad Newsome’s heart pulses to the beat of hip hop. But how can one replace chamber music with old school black vernacular? New York-based Newsome, who is originally from New Orleans, travels the world finding the attitude-drenched insider lingo of each city, weaving it into his compositions for an unforgettable performance piece called Shade Compositions. Newsome came into the spotlight in 2010 in collaboration with Alexander Wang at MoMA PS1 and is known f... [more]

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Rashaad Newsome at Marlborough Chelsea October 20th, 2011 - December 3rd, 2011
Posted 10/30/11

In any form of combat, it is important to know who your enemies are. Armies often define themselves based on their customs, manners, and rituals so that no one would ever be in doubt about which army it was they had just encountered. The fine art of heraldry – a kind of ancient and old school swagger – grew out of this necessity for bravado, presence, and visual identification. Participants in combat shielded their faces behind iron or steel, and heralds began creating elaborate coats of arms and... [more]

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Rashaad Newsome at Location One June 19th, 2008 - July 26th, 2008
Posted 7/20/08

    Rashaad Newsome’s videos are born of his choreography and pioneering use of technology to explore ethnically distinctive gestures, studying them as art as well as presenting them artfully. For the initial live performance at Location One he used a hacked Nintendo Wii game controller to choreograph four black women while simultaneously remixing a video. The resulting composite work, Shade Composition, features a sassy repertoire of gesticulations considered “ghetto”: like two snaps and a neck twist, an... [more]

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