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RASHAAD NEWSOME: MÉLANGE Performances January 20, 2017 7:30pm & 9:30pm On view January 14–February 12, 2017 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 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. TICKETS $25–$40

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Sydney & Walda Besthoff Foundation.

The Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation (I3) is a three year pilot project of the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to provide both the context and content for the expanding aesthetic landscape of interdisciplinary


performance as practiced by artists whose projects are drawn from or inspired by the rich cultural traditions of the American South.


The CAC’s I3 Southern Partners include Duke Performances, Fusebox, The Nasher Museum of Art, Oz Nashville, and Speed Art Museum.

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