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Curating Prospect New Orleans: A Conversation with Trevor Schoonmaker

February 8th, 2018
12:00 PM


Thursday, February 8, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
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A light lunch will be served.

Join us for a conversation with Nasher Senior Curator Trevor Schoonmaker about his work curating the recent Prospect New Orleans art event. Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp is the fourth iteration of the citywide triennial art exhibition and features works by 73 artists spread across 17 venues. Designed to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the founding of La Nouvelle-Orléans/New Orleans, Prospect.4 traces connections to the city and its rich history of migration and cultural exchange through works by artists from North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Europe. Laurent Dubois will moderate the discussion.

Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Cover Art: Maria Berrio, Syzygy, 2017.

Learn more about Prospect New Orleans:

Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp | Browse the media recap

Prospect.4, the fourth iteration of a citywide exhibition that opens November 16-19, 2017, finds inspiration in the lotus plant. This aquatic perennial takes root in the fetid but nutrient-rich mud of swamps so that its beautiful flower may rise above the murky water. The flower's grace is inextricably connected to the noisome swamp, just as redemption exists in ruin and creativity in destruction continue reading >>


Art in America Magazine  |  Brian Droitcour  |  Jan 1, 2018

Review: Prospect.4

Biennials usually balance works from and about disparate places with site-specific projects and gestures toward local culture, often by local artists. As a site for such a show, New Orleans poses a particular problem, laden as it is with tradition and myth. It's called North America's most African city, its most European city, its most Caribbean city. It's the "Gateway to the Americas" continue reading >>


New York Times  |  Ted Loos  |  Nov 26, 2017

In Prospect New Orleans, a Curator Guides 73 Artists Toward Higher Ground

Trevor Schoonmaker was hopping in and out of Uber cars recently as he raced around this soulful Southern city helping artists finalize works for the fourth edition of Prospect New Orleans, which has turned the entire city into a giant multicultural gallery. "The installation is the best part — you’ve been talking about the work for so long, and you’re finally seeing it in person," said Mr. Schoonmaker continue reading >>


New Orleans Gambit  |  D. Eric Bookhardt  |  Nov 21, 2017

Prospect.4: A Guide to the Art Around New Orleans - More Than 70 International Artists Explore the 'Global South'

The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the title of Prospect.4, the latest iteration of the Prospect New Orleans international art triennial, is as colorfully mysterious as its name implies. Like its predecessors, starting with Prospect founder Dan Cameron's stellar, critically acclaimed Prospect.1 in 2008-09, Prospect.4 makes the city itself part of the show — sometimes to an extent that makes it hard to tell where the art begins and the city recedes continue reading >>

Trevor Schoonmaker

Duke University

Trevor Schoonmaker is the Artistic Director of the U.S. Triennial, Prospect New Orleans (Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp), open November 18, 2017, through February 25, 2018. He is also the Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary ...

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