Exhibitions / Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp (in New Orleans, Louisiana)

On view November 18, 2017 - February 25, 2018

In honor of Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Artistic Director of Prospect.4, the Nasher Museum invites you to join Prospect New Orleans for the fourth edition of the acclaimed international contemporary art triennial Prospect.4 The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Prospect.4 will open in New Orleans on Saturday, November 18, 2017, and run through February 25, 2018, aligning with the city’s Tricentennial celebration. Prospect.4 will host VIP preview days on Thursday, November 16,  and Friday, November 17,  with the opening gala scheduled for Friday evening, November 17. Nasher friends, please join us in New Orleans!


VIP PREVIEW DATES: Thursday and Friday, November 16 and 17, 2017

Prospect.4 will include the work of 73 artists from 25 countries, integrated across more than 17 locations throughout the city. Among the many highlights of Prospect.4 is a special tribute to the late artist Barkley L. Hendricks, showcasing a large selection of his masterful portraits that are largely unknown, borrowed from private collections. The works will be exhibited for the first time at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Trevor Schoonmaker

Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

OPENING WEEKEND (November 16-19)

The weekend will feature two VIP preview days (free with gala ticket), live performances, artist talks, and the Prospect.4 Swamp Galaxy Gala.

Swamp Galaxy Gala
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

Honoring Lynda Benglis, Holly Block, William A. Fagaly, Thelma Golden and Barkley L. Hendricks.

The Sugar Mill
1021 Convention Center Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tickets and more information

COMMISSION: John Akomfrah: Precarity (Working Title)
To coincide with Prospect.4, the Nasher Museum has co-commissioned a new multi-channel video installation, Precarity (Working Title), by acclaimed British filmmaker John Akomfrah, 2017 winner of the UK’s Artes Mundi Prize. Following Prospect.4, the work will be presented at the Nasher Museum, March 29 – September 2, 2018.

Listen to a talk by Trevor Schoonmaker about Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. This free Curators Perspective Lecture was produced in a collaboration between Independent Curators International and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School, New York, on May 24, 2017.


Download PDF to see venues and sites, opening weekend festivities and Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker’s statement.

ABOVE: Barkley L. Hendricks, The Way You Look Tonight / Diagonal Graciousness (Self-Portrait), 1981, oil, acrylic and white gold leaf on linen


John Akomfrah
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Radcliffe Bailey
Barkley L. Hendricks
Satch Hoyt
Alfredo Jaar
Rashid Johnson
Taiyo Kimura
Pedro Lasch
Dave Muller
Lavar Munroe
Odili Donald Odita
Dario Robleto
Xaviera Simmons
Hank Willis Thomas
Hong-An Truong
Kara Walker
Jeff Whetstone

Please see complete artist list below.

ABOVE: P.4 Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, who is Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum (third from left) strikes a pose after a press event in New York City with (from left) P.4 artists Maria Berrio, Derrick Adams, Hank Willis Thomas, Rina Banerjee, and (far right) Omar Lopez-Chahoud, a member of Trevor’s P.4 advisory council and also director of the Untitled Art Fair. Photo by J Caldwell.


The list of 73 artists whose works are part of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp:

Larry Achiampong

Derrick Adams

Abbas Akhavan

John Akomfrah

Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Michael Armitage

Louis Armstrong

Kader Attia

Radcliffe Bailey

Rina Banerjee

Rebecca Belmore

Maria Berrio

Sonia Boyce

Katherine Bradford

Margarita Cabrera

María Magdalena Campos-Pons

Andrea Chung

Edgar Cleijne & Ellen Gallagher

Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker

Minerva Cuevas

Wilson Díaz

Mark Dion

Alexis Esquivel

Genevieve Gaignard

Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad

Tony Gleaton

Jon-Sesrie Goff

Wayne Gonzales

Barkley L. Hendricks

Satch Hoyt

Evan Ifekoya

Alfredo Jaar

Rashid Johnson

Kahlil Joseph

Patricia Kaersenhout

Brad Kahlhamer

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Taiyo Kimura

The Kitchen Sisters: Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva

with Otabenga Jones & Associates

Runo Lagomarsino

Pedro Lasch

Maider López

Jillian Mayer

Darryl Montana

Dave Muller

Lavar Munroe

Paulo Nazareth

Rivane Neuenschwander

Jennifer Odem

Odili Donald Odita

Yoko Ono

Horace Ové

Zak Ové

Dawit L. Petros

Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Dario Robleto

Tita Salina

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Zina Saro-Wiwa

John T. Scott

Zineb Sedira

Xaviera Simmons

Penny Siopis

Cauleen Smith

Hank Willis Thomas

Hong-An Truong

Naama Tsabar

Michel Varisco

Monique Verdin

Kara Walker

James Webb

Jeff Whetstone

Peter Williams