Mark Bradford's "Mithra" at Prospect.1 in New Orleans. Photo by John d'Addario. via ARTINFO
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Problems for New Orleans Art Show
By RANDY KENNEDY; Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF
Published: March 12, 2010
Prospect, the New Orleans art biennial that began in 2008 (which included Mark Bradford’s “Mithra”), winning critical praise and generating millions in tourist income for its hurricane-battered home, has become entangled in fund-raising and administrative problems that are jeopardizing its future, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reported Thursday. The ambitious event, which installed the work of more than 80 artists at sites throughout New Orleans, ended up badly over budget after the bills came due in 2008, owing more than $1 million more than it had raised. Late last month, its founding director, Dan Cameron, announced that the next iteration of the event, Prospect.2, would be postponed until the fall of 2011 from this November because of fund-raising shortfalls. The Times-Picayune reported that several directors who joined the biennial’s board in 2009 to help shore up the finances and raise money for Prospect.2, stepped down in February because of differences with Mr. Cameron over how the project should be managed. Two people with knowledge of the board resignations, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, confirmed the basic account of the problems to The New York Times. The Times-Picayune reported that the biennial’s executive director, Barbara Motley, a theater owner who was hired last year to oversee the administrative side of the event so that Mr. Cameron could focus on selecting artists and helping them to realize their works, had also resigned. Ms. Motley told the newspaper that she believed in “organizational charts and management protocols” while Mr. Cameron was “much more organic in his approach to management.” Earlier this month the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans announced that it would not renew Mr. Cameron’s contract as its part-time visual arts director. The center’s director said it needed someone to work full-time to oversee its art exhibitions. Mr. Cameron did not respond to telephone and e-mail messages left for him today.