Brooke Davis Anderson Appointed Executive Director

Prospect New Orleans Announces
Brooke Davis Anderson As New Executive Director
And Announces Dates for Third Edition of Biennial
Prospect.3 New Orleans
Vernissage: October 23 and 24, 2014
Public Dates: October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015

New Orleans, LA, October 23, 2012 The Board of Directors of U.S. Biennial, Inc, the organizers of Prospect New Orleans, has announced the appointment of Brooke Davis Anderson as its new Executive Director, effective January 21, 2013. The Board has also announced that the third edition of the international contemporary art biennial, Prospect.3, curated by Artistic Director, Franklin Sirmans, will open to the public on October 25, 2014 with vernissage days October 23 and 24, 2014. It will be on view through January 25, 2015.

“The Board of Directors of U.S. Biennial, Inc. is thrilled to welcome Brooke Davis Anderson as its new Executive Director,” says Susan Brennan, Chair of the U.S. Biennial Board of Directors. “Brooke’s enthusiasm for promoting and preserving the cultural life of communities and her impressive track record as a dynamic curator, dedicated community leader, and talented administrator will be invaluable in leading our organization. We look forward to her working closely with Prospect.3 Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans to realize a spectacular show in 2014 and providing vision and leadership for the organization’s future growth and development.”

“It is with great excitement that I join the Prospect New Orleans team and take on this new role. I have admired Prospect since its inception in 2008, and I am delighted to be working with Franklin Sirmans on the third edition, Prospect.3,” says Brooke Davis Anderson. “I am also looking forward to working with Prospect’s many partners in New Orleans and beyond to realize the organization’s mission of bringing important contemporary art from around the world to the culturally-exceptional city of New Orleans.”

Most recently, Anderson was Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from 2010 to 2012, and Director and Curator at the Contemporary Center and the Henry Darger Study Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, from 1999 to 2010.

With the announcement of Brooke Davis Anderson as Executive Director, the dates of the third edition of the biennial, Prospect.3, have also been announced. The exhibition will run October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015, with vernissage days October 23 and 24, 2014. Anderson will work with Franklin Sirmans, and curatorial advisors Rita Gonzalez and Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curators of Contemporary Art at LACMA, to produce Prospect.3. Presented at venues ranging from museums and other art institutions to unique New Orleans sites, Prospect.3 will showcase the work of approximately 50 artists, including many works developed specifically for the city of New Orleans and in collaboration with various community partners. Further details on Prospect.3 will be announced in 2013.

About Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director:

Most recently, Brooke Davis Anderson held the position of Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at LACMA, where she worked across several departments to develop strong relationships with the community and curators. In this role, Anderson oversaw several major projects, including the Watts Towers Conservation and Community Initiative, and initiated a Mellon-funded pilot program, the "Curatorial Diversity Initiative" to change the demographics of museum professionals in American museums. From 1999 to 2010, Anderson was Director and Curator at The Contemporary Center and the Henry Darger Study Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York, where she curated more than twenty exhibitions, authored four books and eighteen articles, and gave lectures to promote the museum’s collections and programs. Previous to these posts, Anderson was Director of the Diggs Gallery and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, at Winston‑Salem State University, in Winston‑Salem, North Carolina; Adjunct Instructor at Columbia University, New York, and City College of New York, New York; Guest Curator at Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain; and Acting Director, Assistant Director, and Gallery Assistant at the Francesca Anderson Gallery, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Anderson has curated exhibitions and lectured extensively around the world. She has authored numerous books including Martin Ramirez: The Last Works (Pomegranate Press, California, 2008), Martin Ramirez (American Folk Art Museum with Marquand Books, 2007), and Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum (American Folk Art Museum with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001), among many others, in addition to numerous articles and essays.

Born in Connecticut, Anderson was given a deep appreciation of the arts by her creative family, particularly by her grandmother, a portrait painter. Educated in printmaking and ceramics at Bennington College, Anderson received her B.A. from Hartwick College and an M.A. from New York University.

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