Prospect .1

—I knew I wouldn’t be able to put any new posts up with the new baby home, so I did a few before the new baby came, using Blogger’s feature to publish posts automatically for a date in the future. ((Just so you aren’t wondering how I am able to do this with a newborn!))—

On November 1st, a brand-new art biennial got started – it’s called Prospect .1 New Orleans and will be on display through January 18, 2009. Although cities in other parts of the world have had similar events, there has never been anything like this in the United States. 81 artists from all over the globe, including 12 New Orleans artists will be participating, and the works will appear in 22 venues around the city.

It’s been brought about largely by Dan Cameron, who has organized and curated biennials in Istanbul, Turkey, and Taipei, Taiwan. He is the director of visual arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

The New Orleans artists include Shawne Major, who is creating three large-scale wall hangings; Willie Birch, who will present a new series of drawings; and Croatian-born, New Orleans-based sculptor Srdjan Loncar, who will erect a sculptural pile of money in front of the Old U.S. Mint and encourage the public to carry some of it away in briefcases provided at the site…

…as long as you bring with you $500 in real dollars to do it.

Still, sounds wonderful!

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