Marlborough Chelsea and Performa 11 present Rashaad Newsome: The Tournament 

The directors of Marlborough Chelsea are pleased to invite you to The Tournament, organized by Rashaad Newsome. The event will take place on the ground floor of Marlborough Chelsea from 6:00 – 8:00pm on the evening of Wednesday, November 2nd.  

This multi-media performance, held in conjunction with Performa 11, will function as a modern-day joust, hosted by Newsome on the occasion of his first solo exhibition at Marlborough Chelsea, entitled HeraldThe Tournament will consist of a rap battle between ten emerging NYC-based emcees, in which the artists will compete in head-to-head lyrical battles as well as multi-person ciphers until a winner is crowned.  The battles are presided over by Newsome, who created all of the original music and video projections for the event, and the contestants will be judged by a eclectic panel of cultural impresarios, including Alanna Heiss, founder of PS1 and Art International Radio; Charlie Ahearn, acclaimed director of Wildstyle; Andre J, style icon and columnist; Karin Nelson, features editor at W Magazine and Chris Chambers, founder and CEO of The Chamber Group.

Generous support for The Tournament has been provided by Balance Water, Paddle8, and Performa.

For more information about Rashaad Newsome or The Tournament please contact Eric Gleason at 212.463.8634 or


Summary: Marlborough Chelsea and Performa 11 present RASHAAD NEWSOME: THE TOURNAMENT on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 from 6-8 p.m.