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Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi. Photo: HRDWRKER / Prospect New Orleans.
Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi. Photo: HRDWRKER / Prospect New Orleans.

Prospect New Orleans Appoints Eight Curators to Artistic Director’s Council

Prospect New Orleans, the city’s contemporary arts triennial, which will open on October 24, 2020 and run through January 24, 2021, has announced a team to advise cocurators Naima J. Keith, newly appointed vice president of education and public programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and former deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum, and Los Angeles–based independent curator Diana Nawi for its fifth edition. 

The council will advise on artist selections, public programing, and publication projects for Prospect.5 and will comprise Rita Gonzalez, curator of contemporary art at LACMA; Deana Haggag, president of United States Artists, Chicago; Gia Hamilton, executive director and chief curator at the New Orleans African American Museum; Eungie Joo, curator of contemporary art at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Thomas J. Lax, associate curator of media and performance art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Courtney J. Martin, deputy director and chief curator at the Dia Art Foundation, New York; Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and Franklin Sirmans, director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

“We looked to colleagues that we knew had a range of experiences producing meaningful exhibitions in a variety of regional and global contexts,” said Nawi. “This exhibition is very much emerging from a dialogic position, and this amazing group will be critical interlocutors for us in this process.”

Prospect.4, “The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp,” took place from November 19, 2017 to February 25, 2018 and was curated by Trevor Schoonmaker, deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.