Join us this fall as SFAI presents FREE lectures and film screenings as part of Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS).
Featuring more than a dozen acclaimed artists from around the country, including Jayson Musson, Mickalene Thomas, Mungo Thomson, and Rashaad Newsome, the VAS lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture.
Spanning collage, video, installation, and performance, Rashaad Newsome’s work remixes hip-hop culture, historical traditions such as heraldry, and other “high/low” juxtapositions to explore African American and queer culture, power dynamics, and social status. Befitting his interest in music—Newsome has staged rap battles and produced a video mixtape called Swag—in 2011 he was selected to participate in MTV’s re-launch of Art Breaks videos, produced in partnership with MoMA PS1 and Creative Time. Newsome was also featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, where he exhibited a performance piece dedicated to the dance form of “vogueing,” and in the 2011 Venice Biennale. Other exhibition venues include Marlborough Gallery, New York; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; the New Museum, New York; and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow. Visit Newsome's website atrashaadnewsome.com
Newsome will present a performance at SFMOMA on October 4 as part of the exhibition Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media.
About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.
All VAS lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit www.sfai.edu/events