Prospect New Orleans Celebrates 10 Years!

ProsPect.1 Map and Guide, 2008

ProsPect.1 Map and Guide, 2008

Leandro Erlich, 'Window and Ladder – Too Late for Help', 2008.

Leandro Erlich, 'Window and Ladder – Too Late for Help', 2008.

A Letter from our Executive Director:


It’s so tempting to become consumed by the daily tasks required to produce a major triennial like Prospect that we can forget the importance of perspective. This week marks the tenth anniversary of Prospect.1 in 2008, the exhibition that launched us. Prospect.1 now occupies a very significant place in contemporary art history. The projects were truly ambitious and P.1 artists were essentially forced to acknowledge a scarred, resilient local landscape as a frame for their thinking. 

Mark Bradford.  Mithra , 2008.

Mark Bradford. Mithra, 2008.

Here at Prospect, we will spend the week celebrating our tenth anniversary with a series of social media posts commemorating our history. Amazingly, Prospect is now the longest-running US biennial or triennial that activates the entire city as its campus. We also have an incredible group of alumni artists that has exhibited such eagerness to make artwork in and about New Orleans. Ultimately, a celebration of Prospect’s history is a celebration of these artists.

This moment is also a celebration of our future. P.5 Artistic co-Directors. Naima Keith and Diana Nawi are the first women curators of Prospect and the first team to assume the role. We are forging new relationships, collaborations, and partnerships. New Orleans is not the same city it was in 2008, and our mandate is to be responsive and to approach the city with eyes wide open. Almost everyone I speak to who knows of Prospect has their own unique Prospect story. Throughout this week, we’d like to invite you to share your Prospect stories with us on social media and to thank you for being part of our ten-year history.


Nick Stillman

Executive Director, Prospect New Orleans