L.A. Residency Lecture: Prospect New Orleans: A Case Study in Art and Crisis
Lecture presented by Dan Cameron.
In August 2005 the levees of New Orleans broke and 80% of the city was flooded for weeks. Within weeks, NY-based curator Dan Cameron, who had been a regular, longtime visitor, found himself drawn into conversations with key members the New Orleans art community about culturally rebuilding the city. By January 2006 he was laying the groundwork for what would become, in November 2008, Prospect.1, the largest international contemporary art triennial in the U.S. Conceived as a way of positioning contemporary art at the center of post-crisis civic activism, the three editions of Prospect so far – Prospect.4 opens in November 2017 – have provided an enormous cultural and economic boost for visual arts in the Crescent City, and galvanized local institutions to make the most of a vibrant artist community that is committed to the city's musical and cultural heritage.
Dan Cameron is a New York-based curator and writer who from 2008-2012 was Founding Director and Artistic Director of U.S. Biennial, the not-for-profit that produces Prospect New Orleans. Cameron served as Chief Curator at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA from 2012-2015; Director of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans from 2007-2010; Curator of BAM Next Wave Visual Art from 2002-2011; and Senior Curator at the New Museum from 1995-2006. A specialist in global contemporary art, Dan was Curator of the XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador (2016); the 2013 California-Pacific Triennial (OCMA); Co-Curator of the 10th Taipei Biennial (2006); and Artistic Director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003).