The Andaz Hotel and IF Innovation Foundation proudly present a conversation with artist Rashaad Newsome and Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The artist and curator come together at the Andaz Hotel’s Studio 4 to discuss KNOT VARIATIONS currently appearing on the Sunset Strip Digital Billboards and Newsome’s multidisciplinary practice. Please RSVP HERE
For the first time in the Sunset Blvd. Public Domain Exhibition Series, work from one artist will interrupt paid advertising on both Sunset Blvd. digital billboard locations. In honor of PRIDE, Rashaad Newsome’s KNOT VARIATION can be seen at the top and 30 minutes past the hour on all four digital screens located at 8410 Sunset Blvd. (across from the Andaz Hotel) and 9039 Sunset Blvd.
Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blends several practices together including: collage, video, music, and performance, to form an altogether new field. Newsome’s work is invested in how images found in media and popular culture have been appropriated.
Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts kaleidoscopic visions that “How do marginalized people find some upward mobility by using the culture they create when it’s not being celebrated by the masses until it’s being recreated by white America?” he asked. “Voguing got going around the same time as the AIDS crisis began, and as more people swooped in, the conversation was soon driven by people who weren’t part of the community. It’s not that people can’t participate in the culture, but those who create the culture need to have agency over it. This is work that is with, for, and about the community.”
Christine Y. Kim is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Before her appointment at LACMA in 2009, she was Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Also, in 2009, Kim co-founded Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), a non-profit organization for public art.
Jessica Rich/ IF Innovation Foundation is known for bringing art into the landscape through the IF Public Domain Initiative, which produces an on-going, time-based exhibition series on two digital billboard locations in West Hollywood at 8410 and 9039 Sunset Blvd.