Prospect.1, New Orleans' international art biennial, opened on Saturday (Nov. 1) at venues across town. The CAC has a very impressive array of art and installations, from the painting and collage of Trenton Doyle Hancock to a painting referencing the New Orleans Saints by Gaijin Fujita to found-object sculpture by Cuban artist Luis Cruz Azeceta to the exotic "New Orleans Lab" of Chinese artist Cao Fei (who goes by China Tracy in cyberspace, and this is her YouTube channel). The CAC has a full range of approaches from more conventional painting and sculpture to more contemporary and cutting edge installations and video. It's a good place to start exploring the expo and the wide-open approaches of international art.
The Lower Ninth Ward is home to a cluster of installations referencing the storm. There's Mark Bradford's ark Mithra, classic photos of New Orleans second-line culture at the L9 Center for the Arts, Miguel Palma's "Rescue Games Project," which takes the form of a Higgins boat. The swamp mural (pictured) is part of a project at the Tekrema Center for the Arts in which the natural wetlands replace the walls of a home.