Final Weeks of Prospect.4 in New Orleans
February 6, 2018
Your full day itinerary to experience the art installment and New Orleans in all of its glory
Prospect continues their tradition of showcasing artists work from around the world with the fourth iteration of Prospect.4. The art exhibit has been open to the New Orleans public from November 11 - February 25.
In honor of Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp final month of installments in New Orleans, we’ve crafted a full itinerary for you to experience the expeditions at your leisure.
Start your day with brunch at Elizabeth’s in the historic Bywater neighborhood. After you have enough praline bacon, walk across the “rusty rainbow,” a David Adjaye-designed bridge, into Crescent Park. To your left will be a sculpture by Hồng-Ân Trương and further down Radcliffe Bailey. Turn around and walk along the linear riverfront park towards the French Quarter. About halfway down the .75 mile stroll you’ll find Jennifer Odem’s stacked tables rising from the banks of the river and a little further down you’ll find murals by Runo Lagomarsino. Continue to the other exit of the park.
Once you exit the park, you are steps away from The Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint. At the New Orleans Jazz Museum, sculptures by big-ticket names like Hank Willis Thomas and Rashid Johnson are joined by less expected inclusions. There are beautiful and elaborate “Mardi Gras Indian” costumes by Big Chief Darryl Montana; some truly singular collages by jazz icon Louis Armstrong; lushly impressionistic paintings on rough bark-cloth by young Kenyan painter Michael Armitage; and unabashedly weird and political canvases by Peter Williams.
After leaving the Jazz Museum you will find yourself on the edge of the French Quarter. Walk down Royal Street taking in the architecture, street performers, and shops on your way to M.S. Rau Antiques where P.4 artist Pedro Lasch has work incorporating pieces from the shop’s collection.
Now is a good time for a break, wander through Jackson Square over to Café DuMonde for some beignets. After your sugar fix and café au lait, if it is a nice day, you can head over to the Canal Street Ferry Terminal and take the 10-minute ferry across the river to Historic Algiers Point. On the ferry itself is a flag by Odili Donald Odita, part of a citywide flag project. Once you arrive on the other side of the river at the Algiers Ferry terminal, Mark Dion’s installation “Field Station of the Melancholy Marine Biologist” will be to your left directly on the banks of the Mississippi River. Take the ferry, which runs every 15 minutes, back over to the French Quarter.
Hop in a pedi-cab and have them bike you over to the Warehouse Arts District where the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center sit directly across Camp Street from each other. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see P.4 artist Yoko Ono’s mural “Have You Seen the Horizon Lately” on the side of the Ogden. Both of these venues have a heavy concentration of artists.
The museums close and it’s time to grab a cocktail. Head to the Ace Hotel nearby to see Genevieve Gaignard’s Prospect.4 installation. Afterwards you can grab dinner at neighborhood secret Carmo, or the lauded Peche, Cochon (and Cochon Butcher), Herbsaint, and Compere Lapin.
Other notable highlights that are not included on this itinerary:
Derrick Adams’ video work in Perseverance
Hall inside Louis Armstrong Park at the edge of the French Quarter
The New Orleans Museum of Art featuring Barkley
Hendricks in the Great Hall, as well as new work by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and a powerful installation by Xaviera Simmons, among others.
Read up on artist curators, the newly formed Arts Districts council and the project’s publication on Prospect.4 website.
Grace Clemmons is an Intern at Bond Moroch.
Pictured: Alfredo Jaar Installation View at Contemporary Arts Center, Photo Credit: J Caldwell