Prospect New Orleans Announces P.4 Artistic Director!

Duke University’s Trevor Schoonmaker invited as Artistic Director and Brooke Davis Anderson reappointed as Executive Director

Trevor Schoonmaker

Prospect New Orleans recently announced that Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at Duke University, has been invited as Artistic Director of Prospect.4 (P.4), which is slated to open in the fall of 2017. Schoonmaker joins Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson in advancing the fourth iteration of the international contemporary art triennial, planned in anticipation of and coordination with the City of New Orleans’ tricentennial.

"I am so thrilled to partner with Trevor Schoonmaker, our Artistic Director for P.4., who was the unanimous choice of our Selection Committee to succeed Franklin (Sirmans, P.3 Artistic Director),” said Anderson. “Trevor is a well-regarded curator; he is smart and generous, warm and collaborative, and he lives and works in the South. I have known Trevor since the early 1990s, and I am so looking forward to creating P.4 together!"

Anderson, who was recently reappointed to her leadership role for P.4, has been at the helm of the organization since January 2013.

“Brooke Davis Anderson’s appointment as Executive Director has clearly resulted in the overwhelming success of Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” said Prospect New Orleans Board Chairperson Susan Brennan. “Her dedication to securing the funding for the project, her ability to put together a fabulous team, and her professional approach to every detail has produced an important, artistically significant triennial that is also, impressively, financially sound.”

Since joining the Nasher Museum in 2006 as its first curator of contemporary art, Schoonmaker has been instrumental in developing the museum’s collection of contemporary art. Currently celebrating its tenth year as a major center for the arts on Duke University’s campus, the museum organizes and presents leading-edge exhibitions that travel to institutions worldwide. Past exhibitions curated by Schoonmaker at the museum include: Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova & Robin Rhode (2007); the 2008 retrospective Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool; Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids (2009); The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl (2010); Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquisitions (2011); Sound Vision: Contemporary Art from the Collection (2014); and the 2013 exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. He is currently working on an in-depth exploration of the complex identity of the American South and the region’s profound influence on American culture.

“The Nasher Museum is thrilled that Trevor has been chosen to curate one of the most important and prestigious international exhibitions in the contemporary at world,” said Sarah Schroth, James H. and Mary D.B.T. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “It is a great honor for Trevor and for the Nasher as well as a well-deserved recognition of Trevor's unique talent and creativity.”

Schoonmaker organized numerous exhibitions prior to joining Nasher, including The Magic City (2000); Black President: The Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (2003); DTroit (2003); and The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol (with Franklin Sirmans, 2006).

He is the editor of several exhibition catalogues, as well as the book Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway. In 2001, he co-founded New York’s first Afrobeat club night, Jump N Funk, with DJ Rich Medina, and in 2013 he curated the artwork for Luaka Bop’s LP release of Who is William Onyeabor? A board member of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Schoonmaker holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts in the history of art from the University of Michigan.