With works by 58 international artists spread out over 18 locations across the city in the official lineup — not to mention dozens more artists and venues represented in associated satellite programs — there’s going to be a lot to see in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.”
But where to begin? You’ll have over 12 weeks until the citywide exhibition closes in late January to explore everything, but according to some of Prospect.3’s organizers, here are a few good places to start this weekend.
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Franklin Sirmans, Artistic Director for Prospect.3 New Orleans
“I believe it will be the first and only time to catch the young artist Liu Ding’s impressions of New Orleans at the Exchange Gallery (935 Gravier St.).
“An artist who is very much in touch with theater and performance, Ding spent some time in New Orleans over the last year and will produce a series of guerrilla performances based from that experience.
“Likewise, Andrea Fraser will be performing at NOMA during opening weekend. She is an artist who uses language, performance and the body as a vehicle for expression while concerned with the immediate social and political environment.
“Fraser will take pieces from an actual conversation that happened in New Orleans and reinterpret it for her a vignette on social relations now.
“Gary Simmons, the generous artist, is providing a designed venue for performance at the Treme Market Branch (800 N. Claiborne Ave.) that begins with the poet and rapper Beans, from Philadelphia, performing on opening weekend.
“Simmons’ interest and proximity to music, particularly hip-hop, has been a hallmark of his artistic practice, and his work for P.3 will resonate greatly with the city’s musical and visual art history.”
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Brooke Davis Anderson, Prospect.3 New Orleans executive director
“I am very excited to see ‘Basquiat and the Bayou: Presented by The Helis Foundation’ because it will be so interesting to explore the Southern themes of Basquiat — something no curator has done before — with the Mississippi River steps away from the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (925 Camp St.).
“I am also looking forward to discussing with our audience how artists imagine a landscape — a place — they don’t know but experience in a historical and ancestral way.
“I am also really looking forward to the site-specific installation that Lonnie Holley is creating at Xavier University, in collaboration no doubt with Xavier students and art professor Ron Bechet.
“Lonnie has a way with indigenous material and helping us see the familiar and common in new and provocative ways. Lonnie is also unafraid to talk about issues that we often shy away from as a community: class differences, the drug wars, familial love, violence, compassion amongst strangers and racial tension.”
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Bill Fagaly, Prospect New Orleans board member and Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art, NOMA
“Keep in mind that Franklin (Sirman)’s concept for ‘Notes for Now’ includes work by artists Paul Gauguin, Alma Thomas, Ed Clark and Tarsila do Amaral, which will be exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park) and integrated with NOMA’s permanent collection.”
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Grace Rennie, P.3+ Coordinator
“I’m looking forward to opening night on Saturday, Oct. 25, turning into a big party. The St. Claude Arts District Block Party will take over St. Claude Avenue from 6-9 p.m., where a plethora of P.3+ satellite sites will be celebrating their exhibitions with food, drink, dance and, of course, great art.
“Concurrent with the block party will be a celebration of P.3 artist Tameka Norris and a screening of her film, “Meka Jean: How She Got Good,” at May Gallery (2839 N. Robertson St.).
“Another fun P.3+ happening that evening is a by-appointment-only film screening in a suite at the Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St.) — more info at www.dreamthroat.com.
“On Sunday, it will be nice to sleep in late and then head over to Dillard University for Franklin Sirman’s panel discussion at 1 p.m. (Professional School Building, 2601 Gentilly Blvd.).
“It’ll be a chance to slow down a bit and start getting into the real meat of the biennial once we’ve adequately celebrated its arrival.”
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Visit http://prospectneworleans.org for information on hours and locations.