In Prospect New Orleans, a Curator Guides 73 Artists Toward Higher Ground

In Prospect New Orleans, a Curator Guides 73 Artists Toward Higher Ground

Trevor Schoonmaker turns the Big Easy into a giant gallery, with Hank Willis Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mark Dion and more across 17 venues.

Trevor Schoonmaker was hopping in and out of Uber cars recently as he raced around this soulful Southern city helping artists finalize works for the fourth edition of Prospect New Orleans, which has turned the entire city into a giant multicultural gallery.

“It’s a watery show,” he said of his concept for “Prospect.4,” which spreads the work of 73 artists across 17 venues and includes Rashid JohnsonHank Willis ThomasNjideka Akunyili Crosby and even the jazz legend Louis Armstrong (represented by his collages). Most of Prospect’s $3.8 million budget comes from local and national foundations, and it’s expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors.

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