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Prospect.1 New Orleans
Prospect.1 New Orleans
Announces Participating Organizations and Preview Events Schedule
Preview Events Held on October 30 and 31, 2008
With just a year before the inaugural launch of Prospect. 1, Dan Cameron has announced an initial list of eleven organizations with which it will partner in hosting the biennial, which will be on view November 1, 2007 through January 18, 2008. The venues are among New Orleans' most prominent and beloved cultural institutions, and will form the hub for exhibitions during Prospect.1.
Participating Organizations (in alphabetical order):
The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans
The Historic New Orleans Collection
The U.S. Mint Louisiana State Museum
The National World War II Museum
The Louisiana African American Museum
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts|Riverfront
The New Orleans Museum of Art
The Newcomb Art Gallery at Tulane University
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Additionally, several historic landmarks are being renovated specifically for the biennial, and other venues, including warehouses, factory spaces, and municipal open spaces across the city will also welcome exhibitions. With a total of over 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, the biennial will have a visible presence across the city throughout its eleven-week run. On view will be work by 75 local, national, and international artists most of whom are creating new, original works that respond both to the locations in which they will be installed and to the city of New Orleans as a whole.
"It's a sign of the community's support for Prospect.1 that these eleven institutions have already joined us as exhibition venues. It speaks very strongly to our shared belief that the biennial can play a leading role in rejuvenating both the contemporary art scene and the economy of the city of New Orleans," said Dan Cameron, Director of PROSPECT.1 New Orleans.
The vernissage of Prospect.1 will take place on October 30th and 31s, with private previews to be held at all participating venues. A Gala Opening Ball to help underwrite the costs of presenting Prospect.1 will take place on the evening of the 31st. The biennial will open to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 1, 2008 and will remain open from 10am to 8pm throughout the weekend. Prospect.1 will be on view until January 18, 2008, Tuesday through Sunday, 12pm to 8pm.
Prospect.1 has just launched its website http://www.prospectneworleans
.org The site will act as a resource for information on the biennial, venues, artists, events, and the city as a destination and will be updated regularly.
About Prospect.1 New Orleans:
Dan Cameron conceived Prospect.1 New Orleans to reinvigorate the city, a historic regional artistic center, following the human, civic, and economic devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The primary goal of the biennial exhibition is to redevelop the city as a cultural destination where the visual arts are celebrated and can once again thrive. New Orleans was the first U.S. city to host a recurring international art exhibition, beginning in 1887 with the Exhibition of the Art Association of New Orleans. In this tradition, Prospect.1 will provide the public with new work by 75 artists conceived and developed for the city. The largest international art biennial ever held in the United States, Prospect.1 will reach an estimated audience of one quarter million visitors, half of which will likely be Louisiana state residents.
Prospect.1 is founded on the principle that art engenders social progress, so the exhibition and all related events will be free to the public. The biennial will be open every day except Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and visitors can see the exhibition in any order they choose and as many times as they like. There will be daily guided tours of the biennial venues.