Duke Curator Appointed Artistic Director of Prospect 4

The Prospect New Orleans triennial has announced that Duke University curator Trevor Schoonmaker will head its fourth iteration, Prospect.4, in fall 2017, succeeding Prospect.3 artistic director Franklin Sirmans. The appointment of Schoonmaker, who presently serves as chief curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at Duke, suggests that the biennial remains committed to fostering a regionally-oriented perspective; in a release today, Prospect noted Schoonmaker’s accomplishments as a contemporary art curator as well as his long-term commitment to the American South. Schoonmaker’s record at Duke includes exhibitions featuring Andy Warhol and Wangechi Mutu, along with less traditional curatorial projects, like a celebration of the life of the Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

As artistic director, Schoonmaker will work on Prospect.4 alongside executive director Brooke Davis Anderson, who joined the organization in 2012 ahead of this year’s Prospect.3. Today’s release from Prospect has board chair Susan Brennan praising Anderson’s “professional approach” to creating “an important, artistically significant triennial that is also, impressively, financially sound.” Prospect.3, the last iteration of Prospect officially labeled a biennial, runs through January 25 and cost $4 million; the budget for Prospect.4 has not yet been announced.

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