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Rashaad Newsome's NOLA

Artist Expedition
Rashaad Newsome's NOlA



Curagenda in collaboration with De Buck Gallery presents a 2-day exclusive experience for the occasion of Rashaad Newsome’s major homecoming solo exhibition Mélange at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans – an interdisciplinary presentation curated by Andrea Anderson. The New Orleans-born artist, renowned for his voguing performances and stunning collage work, is offering an exclusive insider’s experience of his hometown.

Guests will be introduced to Newsome’s world – New Orleans, a fascinating city unlike any other, with an incredible heritage and history, is a destination steeped in tradition influenced by a melting pot of cultures. In this 2-day trip, we will offer a private artist and curator-led tour of the museum show, while introducing you to the best of the city, its neighborhoods, people, local culture, Creole cooking, architecture, and perhaps most important of all – be inspired by this once-in-a-lifetime artist expedition.

Unlock the World of Rashaad Newsome: 
An Art-Inspired Journey through New Orleans

2 Days / 2 Nights

January 20–21, 2017

Packages start at $500 and up


First Look

Rashaad Newsome: Mélange  
Artist and Curator walk-through of the exhibition at Contemporary Arts Center

Welcome Cocktails with the artist, curator, the museum team, De Buck Gallery, and guests

FIVE performance at CAC

A NOLA-style Celebratory Affair hosted by CAC

Experience Rashaad Newsome’s NOLA
Experience the vibrancy of New Orleans through the eyes of the artist. Join us on exclusive walking tours orchestrated by Rashaad Newsome, introducing the best of his hometown, highlighting this fascinating city’s art, culture, heritage and culinary delights. Your specialist guides for the afternoon will be De Buck Gallery’s team including gallerist David De Buck.

And more ... 

Hotel Monteleone

This package includes exclusive offers from our hotel partner Hotel Monteleone

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Hotel Monteleone is one of the last great family-owned-and-operated hotels in New Orleans. Since 1886, five generations of Monteleones have dedicated themselves to making their hotel what it is today – a sparkling jewel in the heart of the French Quarter. The legendary Carousel Bar still revolves every fifteen minutes and numerous authors, including William Faulkner, Eudora Welty and Truman Capote were frequent visitors. 


New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome returns for this interdisciplinary presentation, Mélange

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 handcrafted 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.

The exhibition is curated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the New Orleans Contemporary Art Center (CAC). 

Mélange Exhibition Dates
Jan 14 – Feb 12, 2017

Exhibition Website

About The Artist

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Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming and performance, to form an altogether new field. Best known for his visually stunning collages housed in custom frames, Newsome's work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts compositions that surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between intersectionality, social practice and abstraction. Newsome's works opposes cultural essentialisms. They lead us into a realm of uncertainty, in which the symbols presented transform, but are nonetheless made tangible. 

Newsome’s most recent collages evolve from abstracted Baroque-esque designs that incorporate symbols of these subcultures to personified figurative subjects with clearly recognizable human faces and bodies. Compositionally, these works are still heavily influenced by Newsome’s interest in the rules of heraldry and the use of contemporary pop cultural status symbols. By moving towards portraiture, Newsome engages with the idea of agency, specifically in relation to interpretations of feminism by trans-gender and cis-gender women of color. In giving his collages faces, Newsome inherently imbues them with this sense of agency as the figures that emerge confront viewers head-on.

Newsome lives and works in New York City. He was born in 1979 in New Orleans, He has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world including: The Whitney Museum (NYC), The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, Russia), and MUSA (Vienna, Austria).  Newsome’s work is in numerous public collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NYC), The SFMOMA (CA), The Studio Museum (NYC), and The New Britain Museum of American Art (CT). In 2010 he participated in the Whitney Biennial (NYC), and in 2011 Greater New York at MoMAPS1 (NYC).

Artist Websites:
Rashaad Newsome
De Buck Gallery


“By creating an elegant, insightful, yet eclectic program, we reveal the cities’ hidden gems, local talents, multimedia engagements, but ultimately a wildly different sensory-filled private travel experience. Our exclusive and site-specific events offers opportunities to share stories and conversations with artists, curators, designers, architects, writers, filmmakers, collectors, entrepreneurs, and with each other … that will be memorable for many years to come.” – Helen Homan Wu, founder Curagenda

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