This summer the New Orleans Museum of Art will celebrate the third installment of its Great Hall exhibition series with a solo show by renowned video, performance, and collage artist Rashaad Newsome. His first solo exhibition in Louisiana, Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms explores the artist’s interest in ornament, systems of heraldry, and Baroque grandeur.
A New Orleans native and graduate of Tulane University, Newsome rose to prominence in New York during the last decade. Newsome has exhibited his work in museums throughout the United States and internationally, recently completing projects in 2012 for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Feast Projects during the Hong Kong International Art Fair. He had a solo exhibition in 2011 at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York in spring 2014.
Newsome’s current project on view at NOMA presents the third installment of his Heraldry series, inspired by Western European coats of arms. Taking historic heraldic imagery as his inspiration, Newsome fuses signs of royalty and nobility with elements of hip-hop culture in his videos and collages. The King of Arms exhibition will include over a dozen of the artist’s large-scale collages, many of which will be public view for the first time. In addition to the installation in NOMA’s Great Hall, the exhibition will include a special presentation of Newsome’s Herald, 2011 in NOMA’s second floor gallery of French paintings. This video presentation, shown in an ornate gilded frame, will be installed amidst NOMA’s historic portraits of French royalty, including Elisabeth-Louise Vigeé-Lebrun’s portrait of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Newsome will begin work on a new video production also titled King of Arms. The video will capture a performance by Newsome, featuring a coronation ceremony and a “second line” of dancers, revelers, and New Orleans high school musicians, who have been inducted as members of Newsome’s Mardi Gras-inspired “King of Arms” krewe. Shot in City Park and at NOMA, this event will be professionally filmed and made into a future video artwork.
10 am–6 pm Tuesday—Thursday; 10 am–9 pm Friday; 11 am–5 pm Saturday and Sunday. $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 children. Free admission on Wednesdays. One Collins Diboll Circle. noma.org.