COURTESY PROSPECT NEW ORLEANS
Prospect.4 artist Naama Tsabar created a performance piece in Miami Beach in 2016.
, the fourth edition of the Prospect New Orleans international contemporary art triennial, kicks off with a performance event at 11 a.m. Saturday in Washington Square Park. Artist Naama Tsabar has orchestrated a performance by 21 local women musicians, who will all stand on amplifiers. They're grouped into four bands, each playing a separate piece of music created for the event. Participating musicians include Helen Gillet, Meschiya Lake, Sarah Quintana, Kelly Mae, Julie Odell and others. The event is free. There also is an official ribbon-cutting ceremony opening Prospect.4 at 11 a.m. in the park.
There are a couple of performances during the P.4's opening weekend, as well as gallery talks and events. The opening Swamp Galaxy Gala is tonight (Friday) at the Sugar Mill. P.4 runs through Feb. 25, 2018.
Prospect.4 features 73 artists
from 25 countries. Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker of Duke University's Nasher Museum of Art, curated the show, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp
. It explores the "Global South," or New Orleans and the South's connections to the world. See D. Erik Bookhardt's preview in the Nov. 21 issue of Gambit
for more on P.4 and the Global South. (A short slideshow of P4. art is posted here
There are 17 P.4 venues, including many museums, a couple of galleries and outdoor installation sites, such as Crescent Park, Algiers Point and Lafitte Greenaway. (A map of venues is posted on the P.4 homepage
Other events this weekend include:
- Michel Varisco's Turning
installation at the Lafitte Greenway will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
- Several P.4 artists will participate in a gallery talk at NOMA at 2 p.m. Saturday.
- There are open studios at the Joan Mitchell Center 12:30 p.m. - 2 :30 p.m. Sunday. Two P.4 artists, Satch Hoyt and Maider Lopez, are currently in artist residencies at the center.
- P.4 artists Otabenga Jones and Kitchen Sisters will be at the center Sunday for "Levee Stream: A Live Pop-Up Cadillac Radio Station Installation" from noon to 5 p.m. It will include live music and three DJs spinning — DJ RqAway, Matt Knowles of Domino Sound Record Shack and DJ Flash Gordon. Free admission.
In grounding the expo in New Orleans Schoonmaker looked for musical connections, especially in how jazz and New Orleans music has reached around the globe. He created a playlist, including New Orleans music, contemporary popular music and music from around the world to go with Prospect.4. The YouTube link is posted to the Nasher Museum's page. Prospect.4 playlist on YouTube.