New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentation, Mélange.
Mélange is a rare interdisciplinary art experience, including works in the gallery that contextualize the live performances. Please plan to arrive an 30-60 minutes before the performance to see the works on view. The bar will open one hour before show time.
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.