New Orleans had a huge modern art biennial called “Prospect. 1” headed by curator Dan Cameron. This huge show was in all kinds of different venues. Some of it is people making art out of houses ruined by Hurricane Katrina and it is “art as a gesture of compassion” with the goal of bringing in fresh tourist dollars. It was expected to draw 100,000 people. They plan to do Prospect. 2, 2 years from now – so even though I missed this one (Nov 1, 2008-Jan 18,2009), maybe I can go to the next one.
I recently read Anne Rice’s new book “Called Out of Darkness – a Spiritual Confession” which features New Orleans prominently. It is a beautiful book about growing up Roman Catholic in New Orleans, and then Anne’s returning to the faith after becoming a famous author of vampire books. I may write a review of it.
there is also a good article about it in the Feb 09 Art In America