PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCES DUAL ARTISTIC DIRECTOR COLLABORATION FOR PROSPECT.5

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NAIMA J. KEITH OF THE CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND INDEPENDENT CURATOR DIANA NAWI TO CURATE THE NEW ORLEANS TRIENNIAL

NEW ORLEANS, La.—The fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans’ international contemporary art triennial, Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, closed in February of 2018 after four months of record-breaking  attendance by over 100,000 visitors. Prospect New Orleans Executive Director Nick Stillman and the Board of Trustees recently announced that Naima J. Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the California African American Museum (CAAM), and Los Angeles-based independent curator Diana Nawi will co-curate Prospect.5, which is slated to open in the fall of 2020.

“I’m honored to work with Naima and Diana to build on Prospect’s past successes to create a significant global exhibition rooted firmly within the context of the city of New Orleans,” said Stillman. “This marks the 10-year anniversary since the initial Prospect exhibition, a huge accomplishment. Large-scale, place-based, recurring exhibitions like Prospect amplify culturally significant places like New Orleans. Naima and Diana are thoughtful and daring curators with an exciting rapport and history of working together. I couldn't think of better partners to create the P.5 exhibition.”

Stillman, former President & CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans, was appointed as Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans at the close of Prospect.4, succeeding Interim Director Ylva Rouse.

Keith and Nawi are both based in Los Angeles and have a longstanding collaborative relationship; most recently Nawi organized the exhibition Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity (2018) at the California African American Museum.

“Naima and Diana are established curators with unique perspectives on New Orleans and its many historical and cultural connections to the Global South,” said Chris Alfieri, Prospect New Orleans President and Board Chair. “Collaboration has been the model for Prospect since it began, so it’s no surprise that we have chosen dual artistic directors who bring diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to their curatorial partnership. We are eager to bring their collective vision for P.5 and New Orleans to the world in 2020.”

 Naima Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the California African American Museum

Naima Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the California African American Museum

In her role at CAAM, Keith organizes exhibitions and builds the collection, as well as guides the curatorial and education departments, and marketing and communications. Prior to joining CAAM in 2016, she was Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Recent exhibitions include Nicole Miller: Athens, California (2018), Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle: The Evanesced (2017), Genevieve Gaignard: Smell the Roses (2016), Rodney McMillian: Views of Main Street (2016), Artists in Residence 2014–2015 (2015), Samuel Levi Jones: Unbound (2015), Titus Kaphar (2014), Glenn Kaino (2014), Robert Pruitt (2013), The Shadows Took Shape (co-curated with Zoe Whitley, 2013), and Fore (co-curated with Lauren Haynes and Thomas J. Lax, 2012). Her historical survey, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 (2014), traveled to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles spring 2015 and was nominated in 2014 for a "Best Monographic Museum Show in New York" award by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA-USA). She has lectured at the Zoma Contemporary Art Center, Columbia University, The Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, USC, MCA Denver, and Brooklyn Museum. Her essays have been featured in publications for The Studio Museum in Harlem, Hammer Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami, LAXART, MoMA PS1, and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Keith holds degrees from Spelman College and UCLA and is a proud native of Los Angeles. She is the 2018 ArtTable New Leadership Awardee and the 2017 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize in recognition of her contributions to the field of African American art history.

“Following the successes of the first four installments of Prospect New Orleans, I am honored to be invited to serve as co-Artistic Director of Prospect 5. I am thrilled to embark on the journey of engaging the magnificent people and city of New Orleans, as well as visitors to New Orleans from across the country and around the world.”

 Diana Nawi, Independent curator

Diana Nawi, Independent curator

Prior to her work as an independent curator, Nawi was Associate Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for five years, where she organized major survey exhibitions and published accompanying catalogues including John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night (2017), which is traveling to the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, and the American Folk Art Museum, New York; Nari Ward: Sun Splashed (2015), which traveled to the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston; and Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot (2014). She also organized projects including Haroon Mirza: A C I D G E S T (2017), John Akomfrah: Tropikos (2017), Matthew Ronay: When Two Are in One (2016), SUPERFLEX: Kwassa Kwassa (2016), Iman Issa: Heritage Studies (2015), Shana Lutker: Again Against, A Foot, A Back, A Wall (2015), Nicole Cherubini: 500 (2014), Yael Bartana: Inferno (2013), Bouchra Khalili: Speeches - Chapter 3: Living Labour (2013), and LOS JAICHACKERS: Night Shade/ Solanaceae (Julio César Morales and Eamon Ore-Giron; 2013). Prior to joining PAMM, Nawi worked as an assistant curator on the Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and served as a fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. Nawi's writing has appeared in publications for the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Marrakech Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum Villa Stuck, National Gallery of Jamaica, New Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her masters from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

“I am delighted to be collaborating on this esteemed project as it continues to grow and evolve alongside this dynamic city. I look forward to engaging with the rich and complex specificity of New Orleans as we work with artists to research and develop new projects and collectively consider this critical moment.”

Prospect.5 will open in the fall of 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Prospect.4: One for the Books!

Dear Friends,

Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp came to a close on February 25, 2018. The P.4 Team, and Artistic Director, Trevor Schoonmaker would like to thank all who supported this last iteration of the Prospect Triennial, especially the City of New Orleans and those who call this great city home, as well as out-of-town guests, venue and community partners, P.4 Prospectors, P.4 Ambassadors, and all of our sponsors and funders without whom we would not have had the overwhelming success that was P.4! Most importantly, we would like to thank and give a huge congratulations to our 73 P.4 artists and collectives! 

This iteration of the exhibition, one of our largest ever, attracted more than 100,000 visitors. Click HERE to check out a full media-recap of P.4. Thank you all for helping us paint the Crescent City Prospect pink! 

We are already gearing up for P.5 which will take place fall of 2020. We are elated to announce P.5 Artistic Director very soon to all of you!


Thumbnail Image: Kara Walker's Katastwóf Karavan on Algiers Point. Photograph by Miguel Luciano

Slideshow Images: P.4 Highlights by Jay Cadwell

Prospect.4 Closing Weekend Schedule!

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We have a fantastic and full weekend of events to celebrate the closing of Prospect.4:TheLotus in Spite of the Swamp, including the much-anticipated presentation of Kara Walker’s new public artwork, The Katastwóf Karavan, which will be installed and activated daily on the bank of the Mississippi River in Algiers Point from Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25, and feature two special public performances with the artist and noted jazz pianist Jason Moran scheduled for Friday, February 23 at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m.

For The Katastwóf Karavan, Walker, in collaboration with the noted jazz pianist Jason Moran, and the
steam-power enthusiast Kenneth Griffard, constructed a thirty-two-note steam calliope similar to the one on the Steamboat Natchez and housed it in an arcane looking parade wagon of her own design. In critical response to the Natchez, Walker’s calliope plays songs and sounds she associates with the long history of African American protest music: gospel, reggae, jazz improvisation, chants, and shouts.

During the closing weekend of Prospect.4 the organization will also name the Artistic Director for Prospect.5, the fifth iteration of the international contemporary art triennial scheduled for the fall of 2020. The Artistic Director of Prospect.5 will work closely with the Prospect New Orleans team.

closing weekend SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday February 22

QUEEN: A Symposium on Black Beauty
4PM

Xavier University
Administration Building
7341 Palmetto Street

Roundtable discussion with Alexis De Vaux, Mia L. Bagneris, Brenda Marie Osbey, Lakeesha J. Harris and Niki Lopez.  

Hair Combing Cycle - Collective Performance by P.4 Artist Satch Hoyt
6PM
Xavier University
Administration Building
7341 Palmetto Street
 *Free and open to the Public.

In collaboration with Xavier University’s Department of Fine Arts.

FRiday February 23


The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker -Activation
11:30AM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

Gallery Talk by Prospect.4 Artist Jon-Sesrie Goff               
2:00PM

Contemporary Arts Center
900 Camp Street
 *General admission applies.

Gallery Talk by Prospect.4 Artist Jon-Sesrie Goff with Anne Collins Smith, Curator of Collections at the Museum of Fine Art at Spelman College. 
Sponsored by the Princess Grace Foundation

The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker -Activation
2:30PM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker - Live Presentation with Kara Walker and Jason Moran
4:45PM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

A Toast to Prospect.4!
6:30PM
**by invitation only

Celebration of P.4 and announcement of the P.5 Artistic Director

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24

Building Cultural Economies Conference
9AM - 3:30PM
Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
**
Registration required: Conference
Keynote speaker, artist Xenobia Bailey, with panelists Shantrelle P. Lewis, Dr. Kara Olidge, John Barnes, Dr. Tanisha Ford, and Carla Williams.
In partnership with Dillard University Ray Charles Center for Material Culture.

Artist Workshop with P.4 Artist Michel Varisco
10AM - 1PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street

**Registration Required: Workshop

Prospect.4 Film Program: Horace Ové, Zac Ové, and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz.
ACE Hotel New Orleans
600 Carondelet Street

**Free and open to the public.

The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker - Activation
11:30AM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

Gallery Talk with Ayo Scott
1PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street

Featuring the work of Prospect.4 Artist John T. Scott.

The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker - Live Presentation with Kara Walker and Jason Moran
2:30PM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

Weekly Monster & Reflections on Time Book Launch
3:00PM
Gallier Historic House
1132 Royal St.

 *Free and open to the public.
Book Launch by Prospect.4 Artist Pedro Lasch.  Conversation by the artist with Carin Kuoni, the Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, New York and Bernie January, Youth Empowernment Project (YEP), New Orleans. (Followed by a closing reception at M.S. Rau Antiques - 630 Royal Street)

The Weekly Monster began on November 8th, 2016. Taking the form of weekly black and white social media posts, special workshops, a gallery print edition, and posters displayed in public sites, the project collapses different aspects of the story of Frankenstein with contemporary world affairs. The original image-text pieces created by Lasch also serve as the starting point for others to produce their own monsters through public workshops, open calls, and direct invitation. Published on the occasion of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, New Orleans, this special publication brings together all the weekly artworks and texts from the first year, as well as documentation of the installations and workshops produced in New Orleans. Additional texts include an introduction by Prospect.4 curator Trevor Schoonmaker, and a critical essay by Nicholas Mirzoeff.

Download the free ebook version here, or purchase a hard copy here.

The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker  - Activation
4:45PM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

SweetArts Gala 2018 - Art Unfolds
7-10PM
Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
900 Camp Street

Honoring Bard Early College, Urban Bush Women, Stone Pigman and P.4 Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker.
 **ticket required: Sweet Arts.

Sunday February 25

The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker - Activation
11:30AM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

The Katastwóf Karavan by P.4 Artist Kara Walker - Activation
1:55PM
101 Mississippi River Trail, Algiers Point

**Free and Open to the Public

Prospect.4 Closes
4PM