Meet P.3Artist | Frederick J. Brown

The Assumption of Mary, 1993, Xavier University.

Frederick James Brown (February 6, 1945 – May 5, 2012) was born in Georgia and raised on the South side of Chicago. In the 1970s and 80s, Brown worked as an artist in New York, and emerged as a driving force in the resurgence of expressive figuration in the international art world. He is especially noted for his numerous portraits of jazz and blues artists. Bearing a university art degree in painting and psychology from Southern Illinois University, Brown was largely self-taught, his work incorporating a rich fusion of both high art and more folk-art culture. His work’s bold style was informed by a combination of his interests in jazz and blues music, his African-American Seminole and Choctaw ancestry, Southern folklore, and European religious paintings. Art historian and critic Barbara Rose described Brown as a part of the group of “rule breakers” who were defining the decade of the 1980s. During that time, the artist began concentrating on portraits of musicians, creating a series that his family said came amounted to over 300 paintings. His subjects included seminal figures of 20th-century American music, among them Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, B. B. King, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Ornette Coleman, Lionel Hampton, and Jelly Roll Morton. The paintings have been exhibited in shows at the Kemper, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution, etc.

Left: Brown, Federick J., Truman Capote as a Child, 1995, mixed media. on paper. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.
Right:     Brown, Federick J., Truman Capote, 1995, mixed media on paper. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

In 1988, Brown had the largest retrospective by a Western artist in the People's Republic of China. An exhibition featuring 100 of his expressionistic paintings and drawings created from 1968 to 1988 was held in China's Museum of the Chinese Revolution, making Brown the only Western artist to also have had an exhibition at the National Museum in Tiananmen Square. Brown taught art at the Central College of Fine Arts in Beijing for periods between 1985 and 1987. Furthermore, during that time, Brown was the subject of a short film documenting his first visit to the PRC, which aired on Chinese national television.

Left: Brown, Frederick J., Tennessee Williams, 1995, mixed media on paper. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.
Right: Brown, Frederick J.,  Jelly Roll Morton, 1995, mixed media on paper. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

In 1993, Brown unveiled "the Assumption of Mary" at Xavier University, Louisiana. To this day, the painting remains the largest religious work of art on canvas at three-stories tall. A year later Brown exhibited "the History of Art", a series of 110 paintings chronicling the progression of art through human history through a personal lens.

Brown, Federick J., 1995 mixed media on paper. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.

In September 2008, Brown organized a pivotal symposium on the Creative Movement of the 1970s at Cornell University, inviting fellow artists, jazz musicians, dancers, and poets to speak. Those in attendance included bassist Charlie Haden, saxophonists Henry Threadgill, Sam Rivers, and James Jordan, artist Tony Ramos, poet and activist Felipe Luciano, songwriter Malcolm Mooney, writer and music critic Stanley Crouch, designer Jean Claude Samuel and many others.

Left: Brown, Federick J., Sketch of Louis, 1995, mixed media on paper. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.    
Right: Brown, Federick J., Mari LaV au, 1995, mixed media on paper. Courtesy Arthur Roger Gallery.                 

Frederick J. Brown’s work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the American Jazz Museum, as well as other institutions worldwide.  Brown has had solo exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Marlborough Gallery, and the National Museum of China in Beijing.

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Meet P.3 Artist | Tavares Strachan

Tavares Strachan, Polar Eclipse, 2013, Courtesy the artist.

“With an eye toward the Beuysian trope of social sculpture that aims to shrink the intellectual and entertainment-value distance between art and everyday life and another eye on science, Strachan strives to make works that bridge gaps in the imagination and in effect allow us to see things we don’t often see, to make the invisible visible. His work is less about the “contested” body in the popular postmodern sense derived from much art history, than it is about the inner functions of the body as they are laid out scientifically. There are no cyborg manifestoes lying within these bodies. In that sense, it is also about the universality of the human body rather than the differences highlighted in many identity-based practices that strive to differentiate between us.”
—Franklin Sirmans (Sirmans, Franklin. “Tavares Strachan: The Orthostatic Intolerance.” Grand Arts, January, 2010.)

Tavares Strachan, Polar Eclipse, 2013, Courtesy the artist.

The work of Tavares Strachan reconciles aesthetic simplicity and the complexity of experience. His practice crosses into multiple fields of study and is not confined to any one specific medium. In fact, his work has reached out to seemingly everywhere, from the Arctic, to underwater, to outer space. His research has included expeditions such as training at the Yuri Gagarin Russian State Science Research Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, journeying to the Arctic in commemoration of the 1909 journey of African-American explorer Matthew Henson, suspending a representation of the human circulatory system in 900 gallons of mineral oil, and harvesting a 4.5-ton block of ice from Alaska, transporting it via Federal Express back to his native Bahamas for display in a solar-powered freezer at his childhood elementary school in Nassau in one of his most well-known endeavors The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want (Arctic Ice Project) from 2004–6. His 2011 exhibition “Tavares Strachan: seen/unseen,” shown in an undisclosed location in Manhattan, included video works related to his experiences in weightlessness at the Cosmonaut Training Center. In 2013, Strachan represented the Bahamas in the nation’s first inaugural pavilion at the 55th International Venice Biennale, and arranged for forty fourth-, fifth- and sixth- graders from Nassau’s Sadie Curtis School to perform a traditional Inuit hunting song Aya Aya (un-translated) in a cappella as the soundtrack for his exhibition titled Polar Eclipse. Although Strachan was technically trained as a glass artist and a sculptor, according to artist Kantara Souffrant, “as a thinker and a cultural critic, he holds his own with great Caribbean scholars such as Édouard Glissant and Stuart Hall. Although Strachan echoes Glissant’s call to imagination as a force for changing the world, the ideas in his work do not emerge solely from his experience as a “Caribbean” artist in the diaspora. If, as Hall states, representation is a form of power, then Strachan’s art is a way of complicating recurrent themes such as invisibility, migration, and displacement and to understand what Strachan describes as “the capacity of both persons and matter to withstand inhospitable environments.””

Tavares Strachan, The Distance Between What We Have and What We Want, 2006, Courtesy the artist.

For Prospect.3: Notes for Now, Tavares Strachan will be creating You Belong Here, a fifty-foot-long, ten-foot-high neon piece as a message to the city of New Orleans, one that embodies the idea of endurance whilst prompting us to consider ourselves in relation to others, to the spaces in which we inhabit, and to the world at large.


Tavares Strachan at the Yuri Gagarin Russian State Science Research Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, 2008-11, Courtesy the artist.

Tavares Strachan, born 1979 in Nassau, Bahamas, studied painting at the College of the Bahamas in Nassau and liberal arts at Brown University. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003, where he studied glass, and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2006. He currently lives and works in New York City.  Solo exhibitions include: MIT List Visual Arts Center (where he held residency), Cambridge, MA; Grand Arts, Kansas City; ICA, Philadelphia (2009); The Luggage Store, San Francisco; and the Albury Sayle Primary School, Nassau, The Bahamas.  Most recently, Strachan was featured at the 12th Lyon Biennale and represented The Bahamas at the 55th International Venice Biennale.

Site for Tavares Strachan: seen/unseen

Written by Danni Shen, Social Media Co-Director


Meet P.3 Artists | Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick

Studio Visit to L9 Center for the Arts

"Don't you know that slavery was outlawed?"
“No," the guard said, “you’re wrong. Slavery was outlawed with the exception of prisons. Slavery is legal in prisons." I looked it up and sure enough, she was right. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution says:
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
Well, that explained a lot of things. That explained why jails and prisons all over the country are filled to the brim with Black and Third World people, why so many Black people can’t find a job on the streets and are forced to survive the best way they know how. Once you’re in prison, there are plenty of jobs, and, if you don’t want to work, they beat you up and throw you in a hole. If every state had to pay workers to do the jobs prisoners are forced to do, the salaries would amount to billions… Prisons are a profitable business. They are a way of legally perpetuating slavery. In every state more and more prisons are being built and even more are on the drawing board. Who are they for? They certainly aren’t planning to put white people in them. Prisons are part of this government’s genocidal war against Black and Third World people."

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Meet P.3 Artist | Lucia Koch

Lucia Koch was born in 1966, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She moved to São Paulo in 1992, where she lives and works today. Collective projects and collaborations, along with teaching, have been part of her life and work since the beginning. Koch thinks about space and people, provoking altered states of places, and travels to experience architecture. In her installations, Koch manipulates and transforms the viewer’s space and sense of scale with the use of such medias: filters, screens, videos, photographs, and light. She photographs small, empty boxes and bags that are then printed on a larger-than-life scale. The artist builds displays and exhibition spaces using surfaces as filters and filters as communication devices, while creating or transforming atmospheres with natural and unnatural light.

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Meet P.3 Artist | Mary Ellen Carroll

"We live in a political epoch: everything is about politics and policy. So I'm literally using policy as a material, in sort of the same way a painter uses paint."-Mary Ellen Carroll, Art in America, August 21, 2013

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Meet P.3 Artist | Shigeru Ban

"By the year 2020, which is after all only around the corner, there will be one billion people on this planet who have no roof over their heads. This is a very compelling and serious problem. I think that anything that the prize can do to raise the public awareness of this problem is worth doing. Because if we don't, who is going to." --Jury chair and architectural patron Peter Palumbo on the selection of the 2014 Pritzker Prize (Shigeru Ban received the Pritzker Prize in Amsterdam, June 14, 2014, Dezeen Magazine)

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Meet P.3 Artist | Will Ryman

New York based installation artist Will Ryman is well known for his Park Avenue Mall public sculpture featuring a series of blown up pink and red roses. With a history in theatrical writing, Ryman’s practice speak “about contradictions, about absurdism, and the human condition.” Inspired by absurdist philosophers such as Camus, Beckett, and Sartre, his subjects are often blown up in scale and plays with the idea of spatial relationships between the object and viewer.Contradictions also play a huge deal in his works. With his Park Avenue Roses, Ryman flips the iconic use of the roses of Park Avenue, and attempts to distort or transform its corresponding meaning to its site.

For Prospect. 3, Will Ryman will be installing along the front of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

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Meet P.3 Artist | Douglas Bourgeois 

 “Without preaching, Bourgeois reveals affection for ordinary people, exalting the underdog. Anyone living in the South today is aware of evidence of the past; there are slave quarter buildings with shackle posts and other signs of Southern history that still exist today. And while that time has passed, there is a residual legacy that Bourgeois’ sleight-of-hand realism and storytelling gifts help us to understand and transcend…” - See more at:

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Meet P.3 Artist: Lisa Sigal

Upon visiting New Orleans in February for her site visit, Sigal was overwhelmed with the number of empty houses she saw. Not much had changed, it seemed, since the artist was here last in 2008. Describing her reaction to these blighted properties, Sigal has conveyed, “I wanted to respond to them; their beauty and tragic deterioration, but I felt that they are the very thing that the people of New Orleans have stopped seeing.  Many of them have been inscribed with municipal codes, some with sprawling condemnations of the city and government. The strangeness of using the houses like signs stayed with me.” For her project for Prospect.3, artist Lisa Sigal has been thinking about these houses – along with their emptiness as blank pages.

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Prospect New Orleans Reveals Artists for “Prospect.3: Notes for Now”

NEW ORLEANS – May 14, 2014 – Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial, today announced the curatorial framework and artists to be featured in its third installment, “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” on view October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015 across New Orleans.

Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is serving as the Artistic Director for “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.” The three-month exhibition will showcase the work of more than 50 leading and emerging contemporary artists from around the globe. Founded on the principle that art engenders social progress, the biennial and all related events will be free and open to the public.*

Each artist will be offered a dedicated space to exhibit at one of over 15 venues, with a number of artists commissioned to produce site-specific projects. Many projects engage in some way with the Crescent City’s unique culture, and offer distinctive interpretations of the city, both past and present.

“Alongside our numerous partners in New Orleans, we are tremendously excited to share the artworks in ‘Prospect.3: Notes for Now’ with our audience,” said Prospect New Orleans Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson. “Franklin Sirmans has created a conversation about the ways in which artists examine the creation of community, the necessities of beauty and the consequences of our contemporary times.”

Guided by several curatorial themes, P.3’s exhibitions, site-specific installations and new works will address: The New Orleans Experience,  Seeing Oneself in the Other, The South, Crime and Punishment, Movie going, The Carnivalesque, Abstraction, Visual Sound, and will seamlessly tie together the largesse of the show through commissions by several artists under the moniker, All Together Now.

Prospect.3 (P.3) is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, many of them from out of town, and generate $5-10 million in economic activity during the exhibition’s thirteen-week run. In addition to showing their work, many artists will be invited to participate in the myriad of educational and public programs. A fully illustrated catalogue, featuring documentation of Prospect.3 and essays on the exhibition, will also be produced.

The biennial will be open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be closed on the following holidays:

  • Thursday and Friday, November 27-28, 2014  (Thanksgiving)
  • Wednesday and Thursday, December 24-25, 2014 (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
  • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (New Year’s Eve)


As with Prospect.1 and Prospect.2, Prospect New Orleans will work closely with an experienced public relations firm, as well as local tourism and marketing agencies to publicize the exhibition regionally, nationally and internationally. In January, Prospect.3 announced its partnerships with both New Orleans-based strategic marketing firm Deveney Communication, and inbound travel operator Royal Insider. Additionally, the organization will again coordinate with a number of neighborhood and community organizations, along with local businesses, to maximize the economic impact for the city and ensure P.3 visitors have a chance to experience the warm Southern hospitality for which the city is justly known.


*General admission may apply at certain participating venues.



About Prospect New Orleans

Prospect New Orleans is an International Arts Biennial event that will take place from October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015. “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” will present the work of more than 50 artists selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans, in more than 15 locations, including museums, community centers and independent sites throughout neighborhoods across New Orleans. Prospect.3 is made possible by our generous supporters, including: Toby Devan Lewis, The Helis Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Edythe and Eli Broad Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Lambent Foundation (A Project of the Tides Center), The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Whitney Bank, the Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation, Jones Walker, LLC, RosaMary Foundation, a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans, and many others.

Participating Artists

Prospect.3 will present the work of 58 local, national and international artists of different generations working in all media. Each artist will be provided with a dedicated space or venue in the New Orleans metropolitan area. The following artists will participate in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now”:

Zarouhie Abdalian (b. 1982) USA (New Orleans)

Terry Adkins (1953 – 2014) USA

Manal Al Dowayan (b. 1973) SAUDI ARABIA

Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973) BRAZIL

Firelei Báez (b. 1981) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Shigeru Ban (b. 1957) JAPAN

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) USA

Zarina Bhimji (b. 1963)  UGANDA

McArthur Binion (b. 1946) USA

Douglas Bourgeois (b. 1951) USA (New Orleans)

Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978) ALGERIA

Frederick J. Brown (1945-2012) USA

Huguette Caland (b. 1931) LEBANON

Keith Calhoun (b. 1957) USA (New Orleans)

Mary Ellen Carroll (b. 1961) USA

Ed Clark (b. 1926) USA (New Orleans)

Thomas Joshua Cooper (b. 1946) USA

William Cordova (b. 1971) PERU

Liu Ding (b. 1976) CHINA

Monir Farmanfarmaian (b. 1923) IRAN

Andrea Fraser (b.1965) USA

Charles Gaines (b. 1944) USA

Theaster Gates (b. 1973) USA

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) FRANCE

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972) USA

Piero Golia (b. 1974) ITALY

Camille Henrot (b. 1978) FRANCE

Lonnie Holley (b. 1950) USA

Pieter Hugo (b. 1976) SOUTH AFRICA

Yun-Fei Ji (b. 1963) CHINA

Remy Jungerman (b. 1959) SURINAME

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972) USA

Lucia Koch (b. 1966) BRAZIL

Hew Locke (b. 1959) UNITED KINGDOM

Los Jaichackers

   Julio Cesar Morales (b. 1966) MEXICO

   and Eamon Ore- Girón  (b. 1973) USA

Sophie T. Lvoff (b. 1986) USA (New Orleans)

Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) USA

Chandra McCormick (b. 1957) USA (New Orleans)

Tameka Norris (b. 1979) GUAM/USA (New Orleans)

   with Garrett Bradley (b. 1986) USA (New Orleans)

Akosua Adoma Owusu (b. 1984) USA

Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981) JAMAICA

Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983) TURKEY

The Propeller Group

   Phunam (b. 1974) VIETNAM

   Matt Lucero (b. 1976) USA

   Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976) VIETNAM

   with Christopher Myers (b. 1974) USA        

Pushpamala N. (b. 1956) INDIA

with Clare ARNI (b. 1962) GREAT BRITAIN

Joe Ray (b. 1944) USA

Will Ryman (b. 1969) USA

Analia Saban (b. 1980) ARGENTINA

Lisa Sigal (b. 1962) USA

Gary Simmons (b. 1960) USA

Herbert Singleton (1945-2007) USA (New Orleans)

Lucien Smith (b. 1989) USA

Tavares Strachan (b. 1979) BAHAMAS

Agus Suwage (b. 1959) INDONESIA

Alma Thomas (1891-1978) USA

Antonio Vega Macotela (b. 1980) MEXICO

Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953) USA

Entang Wiharso (b. 1967) INDONESIA

David Zink Yi (b. 1973) PERU