Prospect.3 Opening Week Calendar (Subject to Change)

For more information about access during the VIP Preview Days (October 23 & 24) please contact Deputy Director for the Public Experience Caroline Kerrigan at or 646-298-5261.

For help planning your group VIP visit please contact Prospect.3's official Inbound Travel Operator Royal Insider at 504-524-7094 or

Please consider joining us for the following Opening Festivities, sponsored by First NBC Bank:

Thursday, October 23

11:00am -6:00pm Prospect.3: Notes for Now exhibits, including Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation, open to press, VIPs, and invited guests

11:00am Press Launch at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
Remarks begin at 11am
Ashé Cultural Center is a not-for-profit organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts.

Kerry James Marshall is featured at Ashé Cultural Center.

12:00pm Lunch hosted by the Creative Alliance of New Orleans and Alembic Community Development, Myrtle Banks Building, 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (one block away from the Press Launch) for press, VIPs, and invited guests
The Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO) and Alembic Community Development will host a New Orleans-style welcome lunch with regional food, music and art at the Myrtle Banks Building, a creative work and exhibition space, with Jack and Jake’s Louisiana-based food market on the ground floor. CANO was founded in 2008 as a network of cultural and creative producers, professionals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations based in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose mission is to provide training, education, and information for creative artists, cultural producers, and the community; to protect our cultural legacy; and to promote the revitalization of the city as a cultural and economic center.  Alembic Community Development is a community development company that invests in long-term partnerships in underserved neighborhoods through real estate development, organizational capacity building and community-based planning initiatives. and

4:00pm -5:00pm Tulane University’s Newcomb Art Gallery Reception and
4:15pm Walk-Through with P.3 Artist Hew Locke
, Woldenberg Art Center for press, VIPs, and invited guests

5:00pm -7:00pm Reception Open to the Public
The Newcomb Art Gallery, which opened in 1996, is an exhibition facility dedicated to presenting first-rate contemporary and historic exhibits to the Tulane University and New Orleans communities. Encompassing what is now the Woldenberg Art Center, the Gallery serves as a physical and symbolic bridge between the University’s Art Studio and Art History programs.

Andrea Fraser, Hew Locke, Ebony G. Patterson and Monir Farmanfarmaian are featured at Newcomb Art Gallery.

Friday, October 24

11:00am -6:00pm Prospect.3: Notes for Now exhibits, including Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation, open to press, VIPs, and invited guests

P.3Rides – tours of Prospect.3: Notes for Now will be offered Opening Week and throughout by Bike Easy. Visit /p3rides/

5:30pm -7:30pm Julia Street Gallery Walk, Julia and Camp Streets in the New Orleans Arts District
The New Orleans Arts District is located in the historic American Sector, close to the Mississippi River and the world famous French Quarter.  The renaissance of this area began with the 1984 World’s Fair, and today is a thriving neighborhood of art galleries and world-class museums, restaurants, shops and private residences.  Anchored by Julia Street, the Arts District is a short walk away from the New Orleans Convention Center and Louisiana Super Dome.

7:30pm -10:30pm Miss Vesta's Swamp Galaxy Gala, A Benefit Party for Prospect.3, Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp Street. Prospect New Orleans is pleased to honor Susan Gore Brennan, Dawn DeDeaux, Okwui Enwezor, Robert Farris Thompson, and Robert Wilson at the Prospect.3 Opening Party. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multi–disciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time.  Formed in 1976 by a passionate group of visual and performing artists when the movement to tear down the walls between visual and performing arts was active nationwide, the CAC expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs that educate and enlarge audiences for the arts while encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world.

Manal AlDowayan, Firelei  Báez, Zarina Bhimji, Douglas Bourgeois, Mohamed Bourouissa, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Charles Gaines, Theaster Gates, Pieter Hugo, Yun-fei Ji, Remy Jungerman, Glenn Kaino, Lucia Koch, Sophie T Lvoff, Pushpamala N., Joe Ray, Analia Saban, Lisa Sigal, Lucien Smith, Agus Suwage, Entang Wiharso, and David Zink Yi are featured at the CAC.

Saturday, October 25

11:00am -6:00pm Prospect.3: Notes for Now exhibits, including Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation, open to the public

11:00am Prospect.3 opens to the public with a Ribbon Cutting, followed by a second line parade, Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Avenue
A second line is a traditional brass band parade in New Orleans where the crowd follows along, sometimes twirling parasols or handkerchiefs in the air.

12:00pm Lunch hosted by Dooky Chase’s Restaurant, Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Avenue*
Owned by Prospect New Orleans Board Member Leah Chase, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant opened its doors for business in 1941. What was initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet in 1939 blossomed into a thriving bar and later a respected family restaurant in Treme. Founded by Emily and Dooky Chase, Sr., Dooky Chase’s Restaurant soon became the meeting place for music and entertainment, civil rights, and culture in New Orleans. *A creole repas will be served until we run out! 

2:00pm Performance "Not just a few of us" by P.3 Artist Andrea Fraser at the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle (Free with admission to NOMA or P.3 VIP Pass)
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only 9 works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.

Tarsila do Amaral, Frederick J. Brown, Huguette Caland, Ed Clark, Andrea Fraser, Paul Gauguin, Jeffrey Gibson and Alma Thomas are featured at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

4:00pm -6:00pm Reception at The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African-American Art, 2003 Carondelet Street
The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art is an institution that collects, interprets and preserves the visual aesthetic of people of African descent in North America and beyond. Through innovative programs and exhibits that engage versatile audiences, the McKenna Museum seeks to make African Diasporan fine art accessible to visitors of all ages. The institution also actively identifies and presents emerging artists alongside well-established fine arts masters.

Carrie Mae Weems is featured at the George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art.

6:00pm -9:00pm St. Claude Arts District Block Party, along the St. Claude corridor and neighborhood
Inspired by their post-Katrina Toxic Art Exhibit at l'art Noir New Orleans, Jeffrey Holmes and Andrea Garland founded the St. Claude Arts District in October, 2005, along with the two other existing galleries on St. Claude Avenue - the Farrington Smith Gallery and Barrister's Gallery. While l'art Noir New Orleans and Farrington-Smith Galleries are now defunct, over the ensuing years numerous galleries and other arts related venues have sprung up along the St. Claude corridor. The St. Claude Arts District, one of the fastest growing underground arts scenes in the country, is now home to over thirty venues with coordinated gallery openings on the 2nd Saturday of each month and many other events during the month.

6:00pm -11:00pm Opening Reception for P.3 artist Tameka Norris presenting her feature-length film Meka Jean: How She Got Good, May Gallery and Residency, 2839 North Robertson Street, Suite 105
Meka Jean: How She Got Good follows a semi-autobiographical protagonist as she struggles to define herself in relation to her surroundings. Located in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans in a former beer brewery since 2012, May Gallery and Residency exhibits exceptional international contemporary art and concurrently provides educational public programming to New Orleans and south eastern U.S. May’s educational programing teaches critical thought through public discussions, publishing, exhibitions and by actively integrating international resident-artists into the surrounding communities.

8:00pm -10:00pm Viewing of Tavares Strachan's "You belong here" from the Art House on the Levee, 4725 Dauphine Street
Tavares Strachan’s contribution to Prospect.3 exists as a declarative statement, a performance, a sculpture and a form of community development. The centerpiece of Strachan’s intervention "You belong here" is a 100ft neon work that will travel via barge on the Mississippi to be docked and made visible from various locations throughout New Orleans. On Saturday evening from 8:00pm -10:00pm the barge will be visible from the Art House on the Levee. "You belong here" will also exist as an app available for smart phones and mobile devices available for download at This app will allow viewers to participate and provide commentary on the work while taking a virtual walk through the city of New Orleans with acclaimed tour guide Speed Levitch. Every dollar raised from the sales of the app will be donated directly to the New Orleans based Platforms Fund and Big Class, two non-profit programs with a commitment to the grass roots development of New Orleans through culture and education.

The Art House on the Levee is a double shotgun house located in the historic Holy Cross Neighborhood of the Lower 9th Ward and is owned by artist Bob Tannen and Jeanne Nathan, Executive Director of the Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO).

10:00pm -12:00am Performance by Beans at P.3 Artist Gary Simmons’s Installation, Treme Market Branch, 800 N Claiborne Ave
Gary Simmons’s "Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark" is a sculptural installation—on view at the Treme Market Branch—intended for performance interaction. The speakers and floor/stage are constructed to provide a place for live music performances. The musical performers are invited to use the sculpture as they choose. The stage and speakers are left in place at the completion of each performance, thereby leaving a trace, or reminder of absence, of the event. The "Black Arc" is a reference to Lee "Scratch" Perry's original studio, the home of Dub music. On Saturday evening, acclaimed hip-hop artist Beans will activate Simmons’s installation with a performance.

Sunday, October 26
11:00am -4:00pm  Prospect.3: Notes for Now exhibits, including Basquiat and the Bayou Presented by The Helis Foundation, open to the public

1:00pm Notes for Now: A Panel Discussion with contributors to the Prospect.3 catalogue, co-moderated by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans and PNO Development Manager Elizabeth Baribeau, Dillard University, Professional School Building, 2601 Gentilly Boulevard
Prospect.3: Notes for Now is a city-wide exhibition curated by Franklin Sirmans in response to his exploration of what is going on in the studios of artists today, and the P.3 catalogue is a continuation of that reflection, not only by Sirmans, but also by 40 emerging curators from around the country, each invited to contribute writings on the 58 artists included in P.3. At the close of the Opening Festivities, Sirmans and several of these contributors take a chance to reflect on the role that biennials play in looking back and looking forward; wondering: does place matter for international exhibitions like Prospect; and asking: who are we talking to when we talk about contemporary art?

Participating contributors will be Tiffany Barber, Mary Legier Biederman, Imani Brown, Tori Bush, Rachel Cook, Kimberli Gant, Zoe Lukov, Larry Ossei-Mensah, and Emily Wilkerson.