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Prospect New Orleans Announces New Artistic Director

Curator Trevor Schoonmaker will be the artistic director for the fourth edition of Prospect New Orleans, in 2017, reports Charlotte Burns in the Art Newspaper. Currently the chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in North Carolina, Schoonmaker has previously organized such exhibitions as “Black President,” which focused on the influence of Nigerian Afrobeat musician and activist Fela Kuti and traveled to the New Museum in New York in 2003, the Barbican Center in London, and the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in 2004. Schoonmaker is taking over the position from Franklin Sirmans, who was appointed after the departure of Prospect’s founding curator, Dan Cameron. Cameron left after Prospect's second edition in 2011, and the board decided to split the functions of artistic director and executive director, appointing a new artistic director for each edition. The board has also voted this year to officially move to a triennial, rather than biennial, schedule.