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Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the fourth iteration of this citywide exhibition opening November 18, 2017, and running through February 25, 2018, alludes to the city’s unique cultural landscape as a creative force.
Cultural synthesis and syncretism inform many of the central issues explored in Prospect.4. The rich diversity of New Orleans is rooted in a long his-tory of human interactions includ-ing colonization, the transatlantic slave trade, waves of migration and displacement and Gulf Coast trade buoyed by the city’s position as the American South’s largest port. Many artists in P.4 explore related themes, connecting them to contemporary geographies and cultures around the world.
Through parallel practices of art and architecture, productive cross-pollination shapes the work of artist Marianne Desmarais. Techniques from architectural practice are applied in drawings and sculptures that attempt to alter space through the manipulation of form, optics, and surface. Utilizing manual and digital modes of production, resistance and collapse are explored as themes of structural response. Marianne works with geometry and material characteristics to visually amplify the relationships between constructive parts, media, and disciplines. Her works move off the surface of the gallery walls to approach the viewer physically, to push and pull space.
Sarah Morris: Sawdust and Tinsel is an exhibition of the artist’s painting, drawing and film, examining the mythologies of contemporary urbanity, and by extension, the city of New Orleans during its tercentennial year.
Why Is Everything A Rag is the first solo museum exhibition of the Stockholm-based artist Jockum Nordström in the Americas. Children’s books, jazz and blues vinyl covers, collages, drawings, paintings and paper sculptures collected from the start of his career through today, figure in a practice animated by and built of visual vernacular.