The Andaz West Hollywood and IF Innovation Foundation proudly present "A conversation with artist Rashaad Newsome and Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art."
Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, video, music, and performance, to form an altogether new field. Newsome is invested in how images found in media and popular culture have been appropriated. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts kaleidoscopic visions that reclaim the throne; “How do marginalized people find some upward mobility by using the culture they create when it’s not being celebrated by the masses until it’s being recreated by white America?” Newsome asks. “Voguing got going around the same time as the AIDS crisis began, and as more people swooped in, the conversation was soon driven by people who weren’t part of the community. Those who create the culture need to have agency over it. This is work that is with, for, and about the community.” Rashaad Newsome has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, MoMAPS1, SFMOMA, New Orleans Museum of Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, and MUSA in Vienna, Austria.
Rashaad Newsome's work is currently on display on digital billboards located at 8410 and 9039 Sunset Blvd, between advertisements.