Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979, New Orleans, Louisiana) is a multi-disciplined artist whose work spans and brings together collage, sculpture, film, music, computer programming, and performance. He pulls from the worlds of advertising, the Internet, and Black and Queer cultures to produce counter narratives. Using diasporic traditions of improvisation and collage, Newsome crafts compositions that walk the tightrope between intersectionality, social practice, and abstraction.
Newsome is a recipient of the 2021 Knights Arts + Tech Fellowship, and is a current HAI-VPA Visiting Artist at Stanford University where he is expanding Being, a social humanoid artificial intelligent (AI) he created in 2019 with the support of the LACAMA Art + Technology Lab Grant. His solo exhibition at Lehman-Lohman Museum of Art in NY, Black Magic, recently closed, in February 2021. Last December of 2020, Newsome’s Black Magic, a multi-channel, site-specific work, premiered in Times Square as part of its Midnight Moment arts program. Earlier in 2020, Newsome was a part of the Brooklyn Museum’s Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings with a presentation of his 2014 work, KNOT. His traveling exhibition environment, To Be Real, was on view at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco at the beginning of 2020, after stints at New York Live and Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Additionally, in 2020, Newsome exhibited at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco with a solo exhibition entitled STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE! And ICON.
Newsome has exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals throughout the world, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; MoMA PS1, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia; and MUSA, Vienna, Austria. His work is in various museums including The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Oakland Museum of California; and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, DC. He has a BFA in Art History at Tulane University and has studied at Film/Video Arts Inc. and Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center in New York. He lives and works in New York and Oakland, CA.