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"I hope people come away with a real sense of New Orleans as a place with a deep and resonant past, as well as an incredible present and future–one that embraces a certain intellectual curiosity that only artists can provide us with"

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Read Franklin Sirman's Interview with Flash Art International-- On the Blog Now!

The Helis Foundation and Prospect New Orleans Announce Basquiat Exhibit in New Orleans

Left: Back of the Neck, 1983. Screen print with hand painting, 50.5 X 102 inches. Courtesy Brooklyn Museum, Charles Stewart Memorial Fund. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2014 Right: King Zulu, 1986. Acrylic, wax and felt tip on canvas, 79.72 x 100.39 inches. Courtesy Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Government of Catalonia Art Fund. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2014.

With generous lead support from the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds of The Helis Foundation, Prospect New Orleans is pleased to present “Basquiat and the Bayou” as part of the International Contemporary Art Biennial “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.”

The exhibition, which features the painting “Undiscovered Genius Of The Mississippi Delta,” will be on display from October 25, 2014 to January 25, 2015 at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. “Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation” is a focused exhibition of nearly a dozen paintings and works on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat that consider his relationship to the American South, where Basquiat traveled shortly before his death in 1988. The project is organized and curated by Franklin Sirmans, The Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County

Read more here.

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Prospect New Orleans Announces Artists for "Prospect.3: Notes for Now"

NEW ORLEANS – May 14, 2014 – Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial, today announced the curatorial framework and artists to be featured in its third installment, “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” on view October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015 across New Orleans.

Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is serving as the Artistic Director for “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.” The three-month exhibition will showcase the work of more than 50 leading and emerging contemporary artists from around the globe. Founded on the principle that art engenders social progress, the biennial and all related events will be free and open to the public.

Each artist will be offered a dedicated space to exhibit at one of over 15 venues, with a number of artists commissioned to produce site-specific projects. Many projects engage in some way with the Crescent City’s unique culture, and offer distinctive interpretations of the city, both past and present.

To see the full list of participating artists click here.


Prospect New Orleans Kicks off a $200,000 Challenge Match!


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Prospect New Orleans Announces Challenge Grant for P.3
Prospect New Orleans receives $200,000 grant to be matched by
Dollar-for-Dollar Fundraising Campaign

NEW ORLEANS – March 10, 2014 – Today, Prospect New Orleans announced a major fundraising campaign supported by a $200,000 matching grant from a national foundation that wishes to remain anonymous. The $200,000 grant challenges Prospect’s Board and Staff to raise an additional $200,000 by June 30, 2014.

We are so pleased that this particular foundation believes in our organization and its ability to gain new patrons, individuals and organizations in support of Prospect.3: Notes for Now, the third edition of Prospect New Orleans. The support of our donors will allow us to not only bring international contemporary art to New Orleans, but bring art enthusiasts to the city as well,” said Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans. “Fundraising efforts for P.3 have been successful, and this generous matching grant highlights that success while encouraging even greater support from one and all.

Prospect.3: Notes for Now will open on October 25, 2014 in New Orleans. Franklin Sirmans, Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is serving as the Artistic Director and will curate the project.

“The Board of Trustees of Prospect New Orleans is delighted to have the support of a highly regarded national foundation. The $200k challenge grant gives us an opportunity to leverage this support by matching an additional $200,000 or more,” said Susan Brennan, Prospect New Orleans’ Board Chairperson. “Our efforts continue to encompass the community, while playing a major role in the impact that the arts can have in celebrating New Orleans. We’re thrilled to attract considerable cultural tourism to the city and positively impact our local economy.”

About Prospect.3: Notes for Now

Franklin Sirmans, P.3’s Artistic Director, has poetically conceived a New Orleans’ centered focus for the overarching curatorial themes that will run throughout all exhibitions and public art installations, and spill over into P.3’s related education programs. Known for creating strong thematic exhibitions that combine the historical and the contemporary, Sirmans will select 50 local and international artists who embody a geographically, generationally, and culturally diverse selection of viewpoints about contemporary culture. P.3’s exhibitions, art installations and public events will take place at nearly twenty traditional and non-traditional spaces throughout New Orleans ranging from the Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University to the Mandeville Street Wharf on the Mississippi River, and many more. Prospect New Orleans will announce the Prospect.3 list of artists and exhibition venues in spring 2014.


About Prospect New Orleans

Prospect New Orleans was conceived in the tradition of great international exhibitions to showcase new artistic practices from around the world in settings that are both historic and culturally exceptional, and contribute to the cultural economy of New Orleans and the Louisiana Gulf region. Prospect New Orleans procures leading contemporary artists from around the globe to exhibit at venues including major cultural institutions, as well as community sites and public spaces. Prospect.3: Notes for Now will open on October 25, 2014. For more information, please visit www.prospectneworleans.org.

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The Armory Show and Prospect New Orleans

The Armory Show 2014, taking place March 6-10, on Piers 92 and 94 in central Manhattan, announces the upcoming edition of Open Forum, the annual thought-provoking discussion series featuring leading curators, critics, designers, gallerists, museum directors, and art world experts. All panels will take place in T: The New York Times Style Magazine Media Lounge on Pier 94.


PANELISTS: Dan Byers; Michelle Grabner; Franklin Sirmans
MODERATOR: Lynne Cooke

This discussion will draw on questions arising from the shifting landscape of recent and upcoming international biennials. How has or hasn't the platform of the biennial evolved? What is or should the function of a biennial be? What might be said of location, subject matter and audience? The panelists will examine the idea of the biennial as both an important and challenging gauge of the “here and now” and question its continual relevance and viability as a platform for the exhibition of contemporary art and artists today.

Featuring panelists: Dan Byers, The Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Co-Curator, 2013 Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum; Michelle Grabner, Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Co-Curator, the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Franklin Sirmans, The Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Artistic Director, Prospect.3 New Orleans 2014. Moderated by Lynne Cooke, The Andrew W. Mellon Professor, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Prospect New Orleans .3

We are keeping track of the days and minutes leading up to the opening of the third iteration of one of the most anticipated international biennials in America. Prospect.3 (P.3) opens on October 25, 2014. Between now and next fall Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans and Deputy Director Ylva Rouse will be working with nearly 40 artists from around the world to create P.3:Notes for Now in more than a dozen venues throughout New Orleans. Next month we launch P.3 READS, a collaboration with the New Orleans Public Library that highlights the connection between art and literature by placing P.3 artists in conversation with New Orleans locals to talk about what books they are reading and thinking about and using as a source of inspiration. Stay tuned for more information!

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P.3 Profile: Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director

“I love that Prospect is founded on collaboration and thrives on partnerships. We are so fortunate to have support from all corners of New Orleans. P.3 is going to be a big success primarily because of our colleagues and collaborators!”

Read the full profile here.

Join Brooke Davis Anderson at the Joan Mitchell Center for "Shifting Currents"


The Joan Mitchell Center hosts a town hall meeting and panel with new leaders in the New Orleans arts community
June 20, 2013
6:00 PM
Indigo Building, Joan Mitchell Center
2285 Bayou Road, New Orleans

Throwdown 2013: A Benefit for Prospect New Orleans

Saturday, April 20, 2013
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Skylight West
500 West 36th Street
(Between 10th & 11th Avenue)
New York City

More information here.

Brooke Davis Anderson Named Executive Director for U.S. Biennial
Dates for Prospect.3 New Orleans Announced

Vernissage: October 23 and 24, 2014
Public Dates: October 25, 2014 - January 25, 2015
Read the full release here.

Third Edition of New Orleans
International Contemporary Art Biennial
To Open in Fall 2014

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Franklin Sirmans Appointed Artistic Director for Prospect.3

Read the full release here.