Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans 


Stephanie Cash (Burnaway: The Voice of Art in the South) recently shared information on the forthcoming Prospect.4 triennial, a citywide exhibition to take place in New Orleans from November 18, 2017, through February 25, 2018, coinciding with the city’s tricentennial celebrations. Here are excerpts from the article, below; for full list of artists see Burnaway.

Caribbean-related artists on the list include Sonia Boyce, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Andrea Chung, Alexis Esquivel, Satch Hoyt, Patricia Kaersenhout, Jillian Mayer, Lavar Munroe, Horace Ové, Zak Ové, and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaica) was on the curatorial team working with chief curator Trevor Schoonmaker.

[. . .] The artistic director of Prospect.4 is Trevor Schoonmaker, chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Schoonmaker titled his iteration of the New Orleans triennial “The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp,” and selected works that address the themes of identity, displacement and cultural hybridity — a choice made before Trump became president but which now seems a pointed response.

Of the 73 artists Schoonmaker has selected from 25 countries, over 30 are creating new work specifically for the show. [. . .] To organize the expansive roster, Schoonmaker worked with seven international artists and curators, including William Cordova, Wangechi Mutu, Ebony G. Patterson, Speed Museum curator Miranda Lash, Untitled Art Fair founder Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Filipa Oliveira of the Fórum Eugénio de Almeida in Portugal; and Zoe Whitley, research curator at Tate Modern, London. [. . .]

In a press statement, Schoonmaker provides some context: “This history of creolization and cross-cultural fertilization … is central to the very essence of New Orleans, as is evidenced in the hybrid nature of the city’s customs and celebrations, foodways, religions, architecture, language, and numerous genres of music and the people themselves. In no other American city is this concept such a part of the everyday. Cultural synthesis and syncretism inform many of the central issues explored in Prospect.4. The rich diversity of New Orleans is rooted in a long history of human interactions including colonization, the transatlantic slave trade, waves of migration and displacement.” [. . .]

For full article, see

[Image above: “De las dos aguas” (2007) by María Magdalena Campos-Pons; from]



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