RASHAAD NEWSOME NAMED ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE FOR THE 2017 DLECTRICITY FESTIVAL HELD IN DETROIT SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2017

RASHAAD NEWSOME NAMED ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE FOR THE 2017 DLECTRICITY FESTIVAL HELD IN DETROIT SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2017

Newsome will work in Detroit over the summer engaging local communities and preparing for a parade, a video installation at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and a performance at the Detroit Film Theater.

Connecting diverse local communities, King of Arms will enliven the streets of Midtown in the tradition of a second line brass band. Acknowledging Detroit’s integral connection to music, the parade will be led by the storied Cass Technical High School Marching Band and the Gabriel Brass Band. The procession will feature the Miami Bike Life motorcycle crew; members of the Detroit Vogue scene; Newsome’s NYC troop the Vogue Knights; Philadelphia LGBTQ rapper Kevin JZ Prodigy; and a King of Arms float, a customized Ford F150 truck wrapped in the artist’s imagery. Drawn to the city’s history and exciting future the artist remarked, “Detroit is a place that I find incredibly inspiring, it is a privilege to be invited to work in the city and partner with its community. Over time, the city has both prospered and suffered making it a poignant and challenging place to conduct the King of Arms mass processional performance and Shade Composition. At the core of these projects is my interest in highlighting performance practices and communities that I feel connected to personally while giving those who often feel silenced, a voice.”

Throughout the summer Newsome will be working in Detroit casting local performers and staging rehearsals for Shade Composition, the artist’s critically acclaimed performance artwork which concludes the DLECTRICITY festival at 8 p.m. on September 23rd at the Detroit Film Theater located within the Detroit Institute of Arts. In this signature performance, the artist is both conductor and vocal choreographer leading an ensemble of locally cast self-identifying Black female performers whose individual voices and gestures are synthesized to form improvisatory orchestral music collaged with live video and audio mixed using hacked video game controllers. Costumes for the performers will be designed by Rick Owens.

 

The Conductor on view at MOCA Jacksonville June 3, 2017 – September 24, 2017 Live performance June 1st and 2nd 6-8pm

The Conductor combines clips culled from rap music videos with selections from composer Carl Orff’s classical masterpiece “Carmina Burana,” a piece of music that has itself been widely sampled in pop culture. The music video footage has been edited to isolate and remix shots of the rap artists’ hand gestures so they appear to be conducting Orff’s orchestra, a juxtaposition that allows Newsome to playfully break down boundaries between seemingly opposed cultural forms. As part of the presentation of this work, June 2nd and 3rd Newsome has invited New York Hip Hop Mc. Controverse to write and perform new material inspired by the installation.

http://mocajacksonville.unf.edu/Exhibitions/Featured/Synthesize-Art-and-Music/

 

Rashaad Newsome won the Artist & Edition Award

On Sunday, April 2nd Rashaad Newsome receives the Artist & Edition Award at the Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair held at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Established in 2002, the Artist & Edition Award recognizes the work of a leading artist or master printer who has made a substantial contribution to the imagery, themes, and techniques of printmaking today.