Known for creating strong thematic exhibitions that combine the historical and the contemporary, Franklin Sirmans has poetically conceived a biennial that includes local and international artists who embody a geographically, generationally, and culturally diverse selection of viewpoints about contemporary culture. Join us on Thursday, November 13 as Sirmans shares his curatorial framework, concepts, and themes that have guided him in his selection of artwork for Prospect.3 with the new CAC Chief Curator of Visual Arts, Andrea Andersson, PhD.
Franklin Sirmans is the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection in Houston, TX. Prior to that, Sirmans worked as an independent curator, freelance writer, and teacher at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Princeton University, after holding positions at Dia Center for the Arts and Flash Art Magazine. Sirmans has written essays for publications such as The New York Times, Time Out New York, Essence, and Grand Street. He was the 2007 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, and in 2009 was an inaugural honoree of the Gold Rush Awards by Rush Philanthropic Art Foundation.
An independent curator with a focus on interdisciplinary and contemporary art, Andersson has organized and toured exhibitions across North America to museums that include—among others— the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver), the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, The Power Plant (Toronto, Ontario) and Yale Union (Portland, Oregon). A graduate of Stanford and Columbia Universities, she has taught at NYU and Barnard College. As a leading scholar in the field of interdisciplinary artistic practice, her writing has appeared in scholarly journals and catalogues. Andersson’s book, Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art, is forthcoming from the University of Toronto Press (co-imprinted by the MCA Denver). She returns to New Orleans as the new Chief Curator of Visual Arts for the CAC in January, 2015.