While there’s not the same sense of post-Katrina urgency connected with Prospect.2, this year’s exhibition offers more of a balanced presentation of local, national and international artist participants. P.2’s budget limitations are clear. Less than half the number of projects and no site specific, large scale works to match the scale and ambition of, say, Mark Bradford’s three-story ark in the Lower 9th Ward during Prospect.1. In fact, more than a few of the projects on view had debuted in other venues.
Still, NOLA is a magical context for founder Dan Cameron’s visionary effort. Opening night news regarding Prospect.3: Franklin Sirmans will be P.3’s Curator. Cameron has stepped down from the director position, but will remain involved as a board member.
This afternoon, Joyce Scott performs Miss Veronica @ Cafe Istanbul, and tonight, William Pope.L’s Blink, a magic lantern show projected from an ice cream truck, will wend its way through the city. I’ll be there and plan to post my conversation with Pope.L within the week.