Have you seen the new work in our windows by artist Rashaad Newsome (@rashaadnewsome)? BLACK MAGIC is Newsome’s tripartite project, which launched on #WorldAIDSDay with a multi-channel work and live performance co-commissioned with Times Square Arts (@tsqarts) and a parallel installation of vinyl wallpaper in the Museum’s Living Room Gallery windows. The work draws from traditions of performance and improvisation born out of Black liberation movements. The pattern, the "King of Arms Tincture," on view through February 1, 2021, is conceptualized by the artist as "a kind of armor creating a more liberatory space for the Queer Black bodies performing within the installation," with a design that references the parades and balls drawn from Newsome’s experiences growing up in New Orleans, as well as the design of domestic lounges and gathering spaces for relaxation and joy. The project continues in 2021 with the debut of a new film by the artist on leslielohman.org and a virtual event presented in partnership with Eyebeam (@eyebeamnyc). Stay tuned for more information!
Head to Wooster St. between Gand St. and Canal St. to enjoy Newsome’s wallpaper as well as artist Chitra Ganesh’s (chitraganeshbkny) street facing installation “A city will share her secrets if you know how to ask”. Both works illuminate the exterior windows of the Museum day and night.
[Image: Rashaad Newsome, "Black Magic", 2020. Photo: © Kristine Eudey]