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BETWEEN BLACK BOXES AND WHITE CUBES: “FIGURING” VOGUE FEMME IN RASHAAD NEWSOM’S “BLACK MAGIC”

February 17, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

IRAAS/AAADS ART Talk

"BETWEEN BLACK BOXES AND WHITE CUBES: “FIGURING” VOGUE FEMME IN RASHAAD NEWSOM’S “BLACK MAGIC”
CHRISTINA KNIGHT, Assistant Professor- Visual Studies, Haverford College

Registration is required event presented via Zoom
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Presented in co-sponsorship: Department of Art History & Archaeology -Columbia University

This talk will address Brooklyn-based black visual artist Rashaad Newsome’s recent work, “Black Magic” (2019), which included live performances in both New York City and Philadelphia, an exhibition of collage, sculpture and artificial intelligence at the Philadelphia Photo Art Center, and a black contemporary art-themed drag ball. I will focus on the artist’s desire to decenter the white cube (or gallery space) in his work, even as he links performance practices with drawing and sculpture through the use of technologies like motion capture and 3D printing. Finally, I will explore the artist’s choice to center LGBT people of color themselves within discourses of both performance and visual art, figuring them as creators rather than the source material for the “real” actors of (art) history.

Speaker Bio
Christina Knight is Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at Haverford College as well as director of the Visual Studies program. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in African American Studies with a primary field in the History of Art. Before joining the Haverford faculty, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at Bowdoin College as well as a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow. Knight’s work examines the connection between embodied practices and identity, the relationship between race and the visual field, and the queer imaginary. She is currently completing a book manuscript that focuses on representations of the Middle Passage in contemporary American visual art and performance. Knight is also at work on a new project that examines the influences of drag culture on contemporary black art.

The event will be closed captioned. This event will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/IraasColumbia/featured

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