Visitors enjoy the 2011 MFA Graduate Exhibition at the Winery SF on Treasure Island.

Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series

Rashaad Newsome
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 7:30pm
Lecture Hall
Free and open to the public
San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco,

Artist Bio
Spanning collage, video, installation, and performance, Rashaad Newsome’s work remixes hip-hop culture, historical traditions such as heraldry, and other “high/low” juxtapositions to explore African American and queer culture, power dynamics, and social status. Befitting his interest in music—Newsome has staged rap battles and produced a video mixtape called Swag—in 2011 he was selected to participate in MTV’s re-launch of Art Breaks videos, produced in partnership with MoMA PS1 and Creative Time. Newsome was also featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, where he exhibited a performance piece dedicated to the dance form of “vogueing,” and in the 2011 Venice Biennale. Other exhibition venues include Marlborough Gallery, New York; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; the New Museum, New York; and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow. Visit Newsome's website at

Newsome will present a performance at SFMOMA on October 4 as part of the exhibition Stage Presence: Theatricality in Art and Media.


About the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series
SFAI’s Visiting Artists and Scholars (VAS) lecture series provides students and faculty—as well as the wider Bay Area public—with direct exposure to major figures in contemporary global art and culture. It creates an open forum through which SFAI’s students are challenged to go beyond basic canonical approaches to the study of art and to discover a global perspective that encourages conceptual and comparative approaches. In addition to the public lectures they give, visiting artists and scholars regularly engage with students in an immediate and active way, by teaching intensives or by participating in seminars, critiques, or colloquia.

All VAS lectures begin at 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall on SFAI’s 800 Chestnut Street campus. For a complete schedule of SFAI's lectures and events, please visit 


Thank You to Our Sponsors!
SFAI’s exhibitions and public programs—a component of which is the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series—are supported in part by the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund. The Winfred Johnson Clive Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Painting Practices are funded by the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. The Richard Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship is funded by the generosity of the family of Richard Diebenkorn.