Rashaad Newsome (b. 1979, New Orleans, Louisiana) pulls from the worlds of advertising, the Internet, Black and Queer culture to produce counter-hegemonic works that use the diasporic traditions of improvisation and collage, to craft compositions that walk the tightrope between intersectionality, social practice, and abstraction. The West Coast debut of Newsome’s To Be Real is currently on view at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture through February 23. To Be Real is an exhibition environment of collage, sculpture and the interactive A.I. Being. The exhibition presents a series of neo-Cubist portraits in expressive frames, threading an ornamental glamour through figures reflecting on human agency, Blackness, and the radical futurity of emerging identities. Recently, Newsome has exhibited at the Museum of the African Diaspora in a solo exhibition titled STOP PLAYING IN MY FACE! and ICON.