On November 1, 2008, Prospect.1 New Orleans, the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, will open to the public in museums, historic buildings, and found sites throughout New Orleans. Prospect.1 New Orleans has been conceived in the tradition of the great international biennials, and will showcase new artistic practices as well as an array of programs benefiting the local community. Over the course of its eleven-week run, Prospect.1 New Orleans is placed to draw international media attention, creative energy, and new economic activity to the city of New Orleans.
About the revitalization of New Orleans:
Prospect.1 New Orleans has been designed to help reinvigorate New Orleans following the human, civic, and economic devastation left by Katrina in 2005. The long-term primary goal of the biennial exhibition is to redefine the city as a cultural destination, where the visual arts are celebrated and can once again thrive. Prospect.1 New Orleans aspires to initiate a new category of cultural tourism for the city, on a scale normally seen during Mardi Gras and the city’s celebrated Jazz-Fest.
Founding Director and Chief Curator
Prospect.1 New Orleans will be directed by Dan Cameron, an internationally renowned contemporary curator who was recently appointed Director of Visual Arts of the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans. Dan Cameron has organized numerous large-scale and international exhibitions, including Dirty Yoga: the 2006 Taipei Biennial; NY Interrupted (pkm Gallery, Beijing, 2006-07), Poetic Justice (the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, 2003), Cocido y Crudo (Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, 1994), and Art and its Double (Fundaçió La Caixa, Barcelona and Madrid, 1986-87), among others. While Senior Curator at the New Museum, he organized retrospective exhibitions on the work of Carolee Schneemann, Cildo Meireles, Faith Ringgold, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, Pierre et Gilles, William Kentridge, Paul McCarthy, and Carroll Dunham, as well as acclaimed survey exhibitions like East Village USA (2004) and Living Inside the Grid (2003).