Tuesday
Mar292016

Prospect.4

Trevor Schoonmaker, artistic director of Prospect.4, Prospect New Orleans. Photo: Sophie Lvoff.

Prospect.4
November 11, 2017–February 25, 2018 

Preview: November 9–10 
Opening gala: November 10


The fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans' international art exhibition, Prospect.4 (P.4), will open to the public on Saturday, November 11, 2017 and run through February 25, 2018, aligning with the City of New Orleans's Tricentennial celebration. Prospect.4 will host preview days of the city-wide triennial on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, with the opening gala scheduled for Friday evening, November 10. At the helm of Prospect.4 is Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson.

"Our Board of Directors and staff are already working tirelessly on Prospect.4," said Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans. "Artists are making site visits and our many partnerships are being confirmed. The New Orleans community has been energized by their frequent visits with Trevor. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues, supporters, and friends in 2017 to experience contemporary art all around this inspiring city."

Prospect.4 will continue the organization's tradition of showcasing the work of artists from around the globe. Taking into consideration the 300th anniversary of New Orleans's founding and the city's strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico, P.4 will direct its focus southward, placing greater emphasis on art and artists that engage the Global South, specifically from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the European powers that colonized this region.

"The rich diversity of New Orleans has developed over a long history of colonization, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, waves of migration and displacement, and Gulf Coast trade routes buoyed by the city's position as the American South's largest port," said Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker. "Artists in Prospect.4 will explore many of these histories and themes and how they relate to contemporary geographical and cultural settings around the world."

Prospect New Orleans has called on seven international artists and curators to serve on a newly-formed Artistic Director's council that will aid Schoonmaker as he enacts this ambitious vision. The Artistic Director's council will recommend artists for inclusion in P.4, contribute to the project's publication, and participate in public programming surrounding the exhibition opening. The council is comprised of:

William Cordova, artist based in Brooklyn and Miami (b. Peru)
Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art, Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky (b. USA)
Omar Lopez-Chahoud, independent curator; Artistic Director, Untitled, Miami (b. Cuba)
Wangechi Mutu, artist based in Nairobi & New York (b. Kenya)
Filipa Oliveira, independent curator; Director, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Lisbon (b. Portugal)
Ebony G. Patterson, artist based in Kingston, Jamaica & Lexington, Kentucky (b. Jamaica)
Zoe Whitley, Research Curator, Supported by Guaranty Trust Bank, Tate Modern, London (b. USA)

The last edition of Prospect New Orleans's triennial, Prospect.3: Notes for Now, took place from October 25, 2014 to January 25, 2015. The exhibition featured more than 50 artists selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans and engaged over 100,000 visitors during its 13-week run, and concluded in the black. Upon the closing of the exhibition, the Board of Directors announced that Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson would continue to helm the organization. This year, the Board of Directors added seven additional members: Shawn M. Barney (New Orleans), Sean Johnson (New York City), Allison Kendrick (New Orleans), Deborah Luster (New Orleans), Gregory Morey (New Orleans), Staci Rosenberg (New Orleans) and Francesca Schwartz (New York City).

"The Board of Directors has flourished after the success of Prospect.3 and we are thrilled to welcome our talented and diverse new board members from New Orleans and beyond. We are eager to realize Trevor's vision and share it with our community, and the many visitors to New Orleans," said Susan Brennan, Board Chair of Prospect New Orleans.

Tuesday
Feb232016

Prospect New Orleans and the Big Picture

 

Nari Ward, Diamond Gym: Action Network, 2008; Site specific sculptural installation at the Battleground Baptist Church in Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans for Prospect.1; Image: John d’Addario.

 

Prospect New Orleans and the Big Picture:

A Conversation Exploring Contemporary Art Exhibitions through Place, Artistic Practice, and Community 

Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm 

Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center 
2200 Lafitte Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Free and Open to the Public!

 

Join us for a Roundtable Discussion on citywide art exhibitions featuring

Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta and co-curator of Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artist and the Moving Image 2.0, Havana Biennial, Cuba (2012)

Elvira Dyangani Ose, Lecturer in Visual Cultures, independent curator, and curator of the 8th edition of the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA), 2015 

Nari Ward, Artist, participant in the Prospect.1 Biennial (2008), the Whitney Biennial (1995, 2006) and Documenta XI (2002)

Moderated by
Scott Hutcheson, Senior Advisor to the Mayor for Cultural Economy for the City of New Orleans

William A. Fagaly, Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art, New Orleans Museum of Art and Prospect New Orleans Board Member

 

This event is part of Prospect New Orleans’ Bridge Years Community Engagement Programs—a series of free, bi-monthly workshops, lectures, and activities that lead up to the opening of Prospect.4 in the Fall of 2017.

Generous funding for the Bridge Years Community Engagement Program has been provided by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Whitney Bank, Ralph and Susan Brennan, Joan Mitchell Foundation, the RosaMary Foundation, the Keller Family Foundation, the Arts Council of New Orleans, and the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Louisiana. This program is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

 

 

Tuesday
Feb232016

John Pilson Film Screening and Discussion

 

John Pilson

Film Screening and Discussion

Friday, January 22, 7pm
Zeitgeist Multi-disciplinary Art Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard 
Free and open to the public!

Join us for a screening and discussion with artist John Pilson. A photographer, critic and video artist, John Pilson (b.1968, New York) participated in Prospect.1 New Orleans, for which he produced A Thousand Miles Away, a single channel video projection that presented a series of interconnected portraits filmed in New Orleans throughout 2007 and 2008. His work has also been included in exhibitions such as The Shapes of Space, The Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007); to:Night – Contemporary Representations of the Night, Hunter College, New York (2008); Frolic and Detour, Museum of Modern Art (2010) and September 11, MoMA/PS1 (2011). He currently teaches at Yale University’s School of Art.
 
In conjunction with the screening, Pilson will be working with the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) at the Joseph S. Clark High School, to participate in their innovative Photoshop program. Pilson will lead a two-day workshop that explores the intersection of photography and video. This workshop will provide the students with technical guidance in Photoshop while emphasizing the creative possibilities of photographic practice.
This event is part of Prospect New Orleans’ Bridge Years Community Engagement Programs—a series of free, bi-monthly workshops, lectures, and activities that lead up to the opening of Prospect.4 in the Fall of 2017.
 
Generous funding for this program has been provided by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Whitney Bank, Ralph and Susan Brennan, Joan Mitchell Foundation, the RosaMary Foundation, the Keller Family Foundation, and the Arts Council of New Orleans. This program is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Offi ce of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans

 

Monday
Nov092015

Kalup Linzy Art Lesson U Perform, Nov.13 & 14

A two-day workshop with Prospect.1 artist and performer 
Kalup Linzy
    November 13 & 14, 2015 

Community discussion
featuring poet and activist A Scribe Called Quess? 
    November 14, 2015, 5pm 

Xavier University, Admin Bldg. Auditorium, 7299 Drexel Avenue
Free and open to the public! 

Using scenes from Kalup Linzy’s recent work Conversations Wit De Churen IX XI XII: Dayz of Our Ego, as well as scenes from other earlier works, a group of students from Xavier University of Louisiana will have the opportunity to act out characters under the direction and artistic leadership of Linzy. This exercise will provide students with unique insight into the process and work of this notable artist, as well as an opportunity to explore the issues raised by Linzy’s work, particularly those of gender and identity. 

Kalup Linzy (b. 1977, Clermont, Florida, USA) is a contemporary American performance and video artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by soap operas and melodramas, Linzy develops satirical and often-humorous storylines, embodying various characters to explore notions of race, class, and gender. 

This event is the first of Prospect New Orleans’ Bridge Years Community Engagement Programs—a series of free, bi-monthly workshops, lectures, and activities that lead up to the opening of Prospect.4 in the Fall of 2017.

Generous funding for this program has been provided by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation. This program is also supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

Sunday
Jan252015

Rock 'n Roll Marathon Road Closures Sunday, Jan. 25

The Rock ‘n’ Roll  Marathon will be taking place starting at 7am and that many streets around New Orleans will be closed to traffic. In particular, the following P.3 venues will be affected: the New Orleans Museum of Art, Isaac Delgado Art Gallery and City Park. In addition May Gallery & Residency, UNO St. Claude Art Gallery and New Orleans African American Museum may be difficult to access. Consult the following map of the marathon route carefully before heading out for the final day of P.3:

http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/new-orleans/road-closures

Saturday
Jan242015

Prospect New Orleans Announces P.4 Artistic Director!

Duke University’s Trevor Schoonmaker invited as Artistic Director and Brooke Davis Anderson reappointed as Executive Director

Trevor Schoonmaker

Prospect New Orleans recently announced that Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at Duke University, has been invited as Artistic Director of Prospect.4 (P.4), which is slated to open in the fall of 2017. Schoonmaker joins Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson in advancing the fourth iteration of the international contemporary art triennial, planned in anticipation of and coordination with the City of New Orleans’ tricentennial.

"I am so thrilled to partner with Trevor Schoonmaker, our Artistic Director for P.4., who was the unanimous choice of our Selection Committee to succeed Franklin (Sirmans, P.3 Artistic Director),” said Anderson. “Trevor is a well-regarded curator; he is smart and generous, warm and collaborative, and he lives and works in the South. I have known Trevor since the early 1990s, and I am so looking forward to creating P.4 together!"

Anderson, who was recently reappointed to her leadership role for P.4, has been at the helm of the organization since January 2013.

“Brooke Davis Anderson’s appointment as Executive Director has clearly resulted in the overwhelming success of Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” said Prospect New Orleans Board Chairperson Susan Brennan. “Her dedication to securing the funding for the project, her ability to put together a fabulous team, and her professional approach to every detail has produced an important, artistically significant triennial that is also, impressively, financially sound.”

Since joining the Nasher Museum in 2006 as its first curator of contemporary art, Schoonmaker has been instrumental in developing the museum’s collection of contemporary art. Currently celebrating its tenth year as a major center for the arts on Duke University’s campus, the museum organizes and presents leading-edge exhibitions that travel to institutions worldwide. Past exhibitions curated by Schoonmaker at the museum include: Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode (2007); the 2008 retrospective Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool; Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids (2009); The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (2010); Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquisitions (2011); Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection (2014); and the 2013 exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. He is currently working on an in-depth exploration of the complex identity of the American South and the region’s profound influence on American culture.

“The Nasher Museum is thrilled that Trevor has been chosen to curate one of the most important and prestigious international exhibitions in the contemporary at world,” said Sarah Schroth, James H. and Mary D.B.T. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “It is a great honor for Trevor and for the Nasher as well as a well-deserved recognition of Trevor's unique talent and creativity.”

Schoonmaker organized numerous exhibitions prior to joining Nasher, including The Magic City (2000); Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (2003); DTroit (2003); and The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol (with Franklin Sirmans, 2006).

He is the editor of several exhibition catalogues, as well as the book Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway. In 2001, he co-founded New York’s first Afrobeat club night, Jump N Funk, with DJ Rich Medina, and in 2013 he curated the artwork for Luaka Bop’s LP release of Who is William Onyeabor? A board member of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Schoonmaker holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in the history of art from the University of Michigan.

Wednesday
Jan212015

Book your motorcoach tour of P.3 today!

Tuesday
Jan202015

Closing Week Event: Post Performance Talk with Andrea Fraser

Thursday, January 22,7:00 PM: Post Performance Talk with Andrea Fraser.
Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp Street)

Artspeak and the Contemporary Arts Center present a public lecture with P.3 artist Andrea Fraser, who will discuss her practice and her performance Not just a few of us.

Free and open to the public.