“Black individuals have had to possess an enormous amount of strength to navigate systemic racism,” explains the New Orleans-born artist Rashaad Newsome. “That power is amplified to an extraordinary amount when we unite.” Newsome has embodied this power in Black Magic, his latest video installation, which runs concurrently at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and Times Square Arts. Combining many art forms in multiple channels, Newsome invokes the diaspora tradition of improvisation, one that grew across different creative fields during Black Liberation. Hailing New Orleans jazz, voguing moves from the FIVE, architecture, and design, Newsome’s pastiche approach to filmmaking is an ode to the visual, musical, and performative expressions of marginalized communities. —E.C.
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