Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow

“Yesterday we said tomorrow” at the Newcomb Art Museum, curated by Artistic Directors Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi, is the fifth iteration of Prospect New Orleans. This citywide contemporary art triennial will feature more than fifty artists in over fifteen venues throughout New Orleans and will include newly commissioned works alongside the work of historically significant artists. P.5 will investigate how history informs the present – particularly in relation to New Orleans, a uniquely American city that embodies so many urgent issues of today, but which remains deeply invested in and subject to its recent and historical past. Taking the city as a mandate, this exhibition will examine history as both document and fiction, exploring the idea that our moment feels both unprecedented and familiar.

Featured artists include Ron Bechet, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Elliott Hundley, Mimi Lauter and Naudline Pierre.

About the Exhibition

On View
October 23 – January 23, 2021
Curated by
Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi
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What is Prospect?

Prospect New Orleans is a citywide contemporary art triennial and the only exhibition of its kind in the US with a decade-long history. Every three years, we bring new art to an old city by inviting artists from all over the world to create projects in a wide variety of venues spread throughout New Orleans. Each iteration of Prospect is organized by a leading voice in the curatorial field. For residents and visitors alike, Prospect is an invitation to experience the city through the eyes of artists.

This presentation at the Newcomb Art Museum brings together an intergenerational group of artists whose labor-intensive practices attest to the ways that the devotional and the secular converge. The tactility, materiality, and unabashed beauty of these works is a resolute statement of presence and insists on the value of making and creation. Each artist engages in a form of intricate world building that reflects the spiritual, the personal, and the social.

The landscapes and scenes on view allow us to imagine ourselves within these invented spaces, while drawing our attention to the fragility of the natural world and our social and civic lives. Each work contends with a notion of time––memorials and stories against forgetting, an otherworldly plane that is infinite, and nature’s cycles of growth, death, and rebirth. The works reveal a relationship to memory that resists the suppression of complex histories and conjures the imaginative possibilities of other places and narratives. These artists offer moments of escape and mark our deep connection to the world around us, suggesting other ways we might inhabit and shape it.

Presented by the Wagner Foundation.

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Mao's Organ, Barbara Chase-Riboud, 2007

Opening Reception, Saturday Oct 23, 2-4pm

Join us for this P.5 “open house” and artist panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVP’s are required.

Register now for these opening day activities.

Prospect.5 New Orleans

Find out all the details for all the participating Prospect.5 venues at