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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Prospect.4 artists announced, Trevor Schoonmaker previews expo

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 2:12 PM

click to enlarge Artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker previews Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. - PHOTO BY J CALDWELL
  • Artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker previews Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

Prospect.4, the fourth installment of the international contemporary art expo founded by Dan Cameron, opens Nov. 18 and runs through Feb. 25, 2018. Trevor Schoonmaker, the head curator at Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art is the artistic director of Prospect.4. He released the names of 73 artists selected for the triennial and previewed the expo in remarks at the Ogden Museum for Southern Art Tuesday.

Schoonmaker titled the expo "The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp," a phrase he says was inspired by jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp, who said jazz is the lotus in spite of the swamp. "The title is the metaphor of the lotus flower," Schoonmaker says. "That is a beautiful flower that rises through the swamp. It's about the ability to rise above one's circumstances. ... Art brings the invisible to light."

Work will be displayed at 17 venues, including museum spaces such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, NOMA and the Contemporary Arts Center, as well as in public spaces such as the Lafitte Greenway, Crescent Park and Algiers Point. The expo will include 32 works being made in New Orleans or specifically for Prospect.4. John Akomfrah, who was born in Ghana and lives in London, will make a film about Buddy Bolden for the expo, Schoonmaker says.

Schoonmaker considered New Orleans' environment and connections to the rest of the world via the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico while shaping his expo. Events also will relate to New Orleans' observation of its tricentennial in 2018.

Schoonmaker says he chose artists whose work will resonate with New Orleans (view some of their works here). Rina Banerjee is an Indian-born artist who lives in New York. Her focus on colonial issues and use of materials has a look resembling Mardi Gras, Schoonmaker says.

Also interested in neocolonialism, Andrea Chung, a New Jersey native, will present a cyanotypes based on lionfish, an invasive species.

The expo includes collages made by Louis Armstrong and Mardi Gras Indian suits created by Darryl Montana, who was introduced to Schoonmaker on Fat Tuesday by former NOMA curator Bill Fagaly. Other local artists include Jennifer Odem, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Michel Varisco and Monique Verdin, There's also work by New Orleans natives Wayne Gonzales and John T. Scott.

Participants come from around the globe, including Edgar Cleijne and Ellen Gallagher from the Netherlands, Alexis Esquivel from Ecuador, Genevieve Gaignard from California, the recently deceased Barkley Hendricks, Taiyo Kimora from Japan, Maider Lopez from Spain, Lavar Munroe from the Bahamas, Paulo Nazareth from Brazil, Tita Solina from Indonesia and Penny Siopis and James Webb from South Africa.

Prospect New Orleans was launched as an international art biennial by curator Dan Cameron in response to Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, and it drew critical acclaim around the globe. Curator Franklin Sirmans curated Prospect.3, which opened in 2014. It drew 100,000 attendees.

The full list of Prospect.4 artists is below:

Larry Achiampong
Derrick Adams
Abbas Akhavan
John Akomfrah
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Michael Armitage
Louis Armstrong
Kader Attia
Radcliffe Bailey
Rina Banerjee
Rebecca Belmore
Maria Berrio
Sonia Boyce
Katherine Bradford
Margarita Cabrera
María Magdalena Campos-Pons
Andrea Chung
Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher
Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker
Minerva Cuevas
Wilson Díaz
Mark Dion
Alexis Esquivel
Genevieve Gaignard
Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad
Tony Gleaton
Jon-Sesrie Goff
Wayne Gonzales
Barkley L. Hendricks
Satch Hoyt
Evan Ifekoya
Alfredo Jaar
Rashid Johnson
Kahlil Joseph
Patricia Kaersenhout
Brad Kahlhamer
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Taiyo Kimura
The Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva with Otabenga Jones & Associates
Runo Lagomarsino
Pedro Lasch
Maider López
Jillian Mayer
Darryl Montana
Dave Muller
Lavar Munroe
Paulo Nazareth
Rivane Neuenschwander
Jennifer Odem
Odili Donald Odita
Yoko Ono
Horace Ové
Zak Ové
Dawit L. Petros
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Dario Robleto
Tita Salina
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
Zina Saro-Wiwa
John T. Scott
Zineb Sedira
Xaviera Simmons
Penny Siopis
Cauleen Smith
Hank Willis Thomas
Hong-An Truong
Naama Tsabar
Michel Varisco
Monique Verdin
Kara Walker
James Webb
Jeff Whetstone
Peter Williams

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