Here’s Who Will Be in Prospect.4 in New Orleans This Fall

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby "The Beautyful Ones" Series #1c, 2014 Acrylic, color pencils and transfers on paper 61 x 42 inches Image courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London (Photography Stephen White)
Njideka Akunyili Crosby, The Beautyful Ones Series #1c, 2014;
acrylic, color pencils and transfers on paper
61 by 42 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London

The artist list and details about the upcoming Prospect.4 triennial were released in a press conference held yesterday in New Orleans. The citywide exhibition is set to open on November 18 and will run through February 25, coinciding with the city’s tricentennial celebration.


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.

Barkley L. Hendricks Photo Bloke, 2016 Oil and acrylic on linen 72 x 48 inches Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York ©Barkley L. Hendricks
Barkley L. Hendricks, Photo Bloke, 2016; oil and acrylic on linen, 72 by 48 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New
York ©Barkley L. Hendricks.

Of the 73 artists Schoonmaker has selected from 25 countries, over 30 are creating new work specifically for the show. Several of the artists are from or are based in the South, including Radcliffe Bailey of Atlanta, Pedro Lasch, who teaches at the University of North Carolina, Michel Varisco and Monique Verdin of New Orleans, Chattanooga-born Jeff Whetstone, and Kara Walker, who famously disavows her Atlanta upbringing.

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.

Rebecca Belmore activating her work Ayum-ee-aawach Oomamamowan: Speaking to Their Mother, (1991) at Johnson Lake, Banff National Park,
Rebecca Belmore activating her work Ayum-ee-aawach Oomamamowan: Speaking to Their Mother, 1991, at Johnson Lake, Banff National Park, as part of the exhibition Bureau de Change, presented by the Walter Phillips Gallery, Alberta, Canada, 2008.

The triennial will be staged in 17 venues around the city, with an emphasis on the Mississippi River waterfront. The Riverfront Streetcar Line will contain installations by Derrick Adams, while Odili Donald Odita will create an installation for the Algiers Ferry. Algiers Point will feature an installation by Mark Dion, and a work by Kara Walker produced in collaboration with jazz pianist Jason Moran.

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.”

Cauleen Smith EGUNGUN, 2017 Production still Image courtesy the artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Kate Werble Gallery New York
Cauleen Smith, EGUNGUN, 2017; production still image; courtesy the artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and Kate Werble Gallery New York.

Here is the complete list of artists and where they’re from:

Larry Achiampong (b. 1984 in London, lives in London)

Derrick Adams (b. 1970 Baltimore, lives in Brooklyn)

Abbas Akhavan (b. 1977 Tehran, lives in Toronto)

John Akomfrah (b. 1957 Accra, Ghana, lives in London)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983 Enugu, Nigeria, lives in Los Angeles)

Michael Armitage (b. 1984 Nairobi, Kenya, lives in Nairobi and London)

Louis Armstrong (b. 1901 New Orleans, d. 1971, Queens, NY)

Kader Attia (b. 1970 Paris, lives in Berlin and Algiers)

Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968 Bridgetown, NJ, lives in Atlanta)

Rina Banerjee (b. 1963 Kolkata, India, lives in New York)

Rebecca Belmore (b. 1960 Upsala, Ontario, lives in Vancouver)

Maria Berrio (b. 1982 Bogota, Colombia, lives in Brooklyn)

Sonia Boyce (b. 1962 London, lives in London)

Katherine Bradford (b. 1942 New York, lives in Brooklyn and Brunswick, Maine)

Margarita Cabrera (b. 1973 Monterrey, Mexico, lives in El Paso)

María Magdalena Campos-Pons (b. 1959 Matanzas, Cuba, lives in Boston)

Andrea Chung (b. 1978 Newark, NJ, lives in San Diego)

Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher (b. 1963 Eindhoven, Netherlands; b. 1965 Providence, RI, reside in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and New York)

Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker (b. 1966 Atlanta; b. 1975, Quito, Ecuador, live in Panama City)

Minerva Cuevas (b. 1975 Mexico City, lives in Mexico City)

Wilson Díaz (b. 1963 Pitalito, Colombia, lives in Berlin)

Mark Dion (b. 1961 New Bedford, MA, lives in New York)

Alexis Esquivel (b. 1968, La Palma, Pinar del Rio, Cuba, lives in Guayaquil, Ecuador)

Genevieve Gaignard (b. 1981 Orange, MA, lives in Los Angeles)

Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad (b. 1970 New Delhi, b.1975 India; live in New Delhi & Ganjad, India)

Tony Gleaton (b. 1948 Detroit, d. 2015 Palo Alto)

Jon-Sesrie Goff (b. 1983 Hartford, CT, lives in Washington, D.C.)

Wayne Gonzales (b. 1957 New Orleans, lives in New York)

Barkley L. Hendricks b. 1945 Philadelphia, d. 2017 New London, CT)

Satch Hoyt (b. 1957 London, lives in Berlin)

Evan Ifekoya (b. 1988, Iperu, Nigeria, lives in London)

Alfredo Jaar (b. 1956 Santiago, Chile, lives in New York)

Rashid Johnson (b. 1977 Chicago, lives in New York)

Kahlil Joseph (b. 1981 Seattle, lives in Los Angeles)

Patricia Kaersenhout (b. 1966 Den Helder, Netherlands, lives in Amsterdam)

Brad Kahlhamer (b. 1956 Tucson, lives in Brooklyn)

Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979 Luanda, Angola, lives in Luanda, Angola & Lisbon)

Taiyo Kimura (b. 1970 Kamakura, Japan, lives in Kamakura)

The Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, reside in San Francisco & Santa Cruz

with Otabenga Jones & Associates of Houston

Runo Lagomarsino (b. 1977 Lund, Sweden, lives in Malmö, Sweden & São Paulo)

Pedro Lasch (b. 1975 Mexico City, lives in Durham, NC)

Maider López (b. 1975 San Sebastian, Spain, lives in San Sebastian)

Jillian Mayer (b. 1984 Miami, lives in Miami)

Darryl Montana (b. 1955 New Orleans, lives in New Orleans)

Dave Muller (b. 1964 San Francisco, lives in Los Angeles)

Lavar Munroe (b.1982 Nassau, Bahamas, lives in Germantown, MD, and Nassau)

Paulo Nazareth (b. 1977 Governador Valadares, Brazil, lives in São Paulo)

Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967 Belo Horizonte, Brazil, lives in London)

Jennifer Odem (b. 1962 New Orleans, lives in New Orleans)

Odili Donald Odita (b. 1966 Enugu, Nigeria, lives in Philadelphia

Yoko Ono (b. 1933 Tokyo, lives in New York)

Horace Ové (b. 1939 Port of Spain, Trinidad, lives in London)

Zak Ové (b. 1966 London, lives in London and Trinidad)

Dawit L. Petros (b. 1972 Asmara, Eritrea, lives in New York and Chicago)

Re:Focus a photo exhibition on view at Swan Coach House in Atlanta through October 27

Quintron and Miss Pussycat (live in New Orleans)

Dario Robleto (b. 1972 San Antonio, lives in Houston)

Tita Salina (b. 1973 Plaju, South Sumatra, Indonesia, lives in Jakarta)

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (b. 1972 San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives in San Juan)

Zina Saro-Wiwa (b. 1976 Port Harcourt, Nigeria, lives in Brooklyn)

John T. Scott (b. 1940 New Orleans, d. 2007 Houston)

Zineb Sedira (b. 1963 Paris, France, lives in London)

Xaviera Simmons (b. 1974 New York, lives in Brooklyn)

Penny Siopis (b. 1953 Vryburg, South Africa, lives in Cape Town)

Cauleen Smith (b. 1967 Riverside, CA, lives in Chicago)

Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976 Plainfield, NJ, lives in Brooklyn)

Hong-An Truong (b. 1976 Gainesville, lives in in New York & Chapel Hill, NC)

Naama Tsabar (b. 1982 Israel, lives in New York)

Michel Varisco (b. 1967 New Orleans, LA, lives in New Orleans)

Monique Verdin (b. 1980 New Orleans, lives in Arabi, Louisiana)

Kara Walker (b. 1969 Stockton, CA, lives in New York)

James Webb (b. 1975 Kimberley, South Africa, lives in Cape Town)

Jeff Whetstone (b. 1968 Chattanooga, lives in Princeton, NJ)

Peter Williams (b. 1952 Nyack, NY, lives in Wilmington, DE)


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