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Rashaad Newsome: Engineers

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oct 18

Wed, Oct 18 2023, 7PM - 8:30PM

Nave Presentation Space | 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA, 94107 View map

Part of event series: Creative Citizens Series Fall 2023


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Co-hosted by MFA Design + Animation and CCA@CCA

Event description

Newsome will discuss ideas around their new and recent work in 3D animation, collage, sculpture, and Artificial Intelligence.

ASL interpretation will not be offered at the event. The lecture uses a slide presentation. All content from the slides will be read aloud or described. 

Speaker Bio:

Rashaad Newsome's work blends several practices, including collage, sculpture, film & video, animation, photography, music, writing, computer programming, software engineering, community organizing, and performance, to create a divergent field that mirrors the intersectionality of his lived experience. Using the diasporic traditions of improvisation, he pulls from the world of advertising, the internet, Art History, Black and Queer culture to produce counter-hegemonic work that walks the tightrope between social practice and abstraction. Collage acts as a conceptual and technical method to construct a new visual, performance, and literary language that highlight the immaterial and material expressivity related to Black American Life. Rashaad holds a 2023 honorary Doctorate Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and a 2001 BFA in Art History from Tulane University. Newsome's work is in numerous public and private collections and has been exhibited and performed in galleries, museums, institutions, and festivals worldwide, including The Studio Museum in Harlem (NYC), The National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC), The Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall (NYC), The Whitney Museum (NYC), Brooklyn Museum (NYC), MoMAPS1 (NYC), Museum of the African Diaspora (SF, CA), SFMOMA (CA), New Orleans Museum of Art (LA), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Hayward Gallery (London), CA2M Centro de Arte dos de Mayo (Spain), The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), and MUSA (Vienna). Recent awards include The 2022 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica Award For Computer Animation; The 2022 NEWFEST Emerging Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Award; The 2022 Bessie Award for Outstanding Choreographer/Creator and Outstanding Visual Design; The 2022 Berkeley FILM Foundation grant; The 2021 Knight Arts + Tech Fellowship; The 2020/2022 Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence artist residency; The 2020 Eyebeam Rapid Response Fellowship; The 2019, LACMA Art + Technology Lab Grant; The 2018, William Penn Foundation Grant; The 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Inc.; and The 2011, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.

About California College of the Arts

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This lecture was organized in collaboration with the Creative Citizens in Action initiative and is supported by the Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series, a year-long conversation series that spans the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing.