PHOTO BY J CALDWELL
Artistic director Trevor Schoonmaker previews Prospect.4 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
, 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:
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
María Magdalena Campos-Pons
Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher
Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker
Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad
Barkley L. Hendricks
Kiluanji Kia Henda
The Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva with Otabenga Jones & Associates
Odili Donald Odita
Dawit L. Petros
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
John T. Scott
Hank Willis Thomas