This Week in Art 11.13-11.19: Prospect.4 Opens Friday in New Orleans

Jennifer Odem’s Tables, Rising on view at New Orleans’ Crescent Park as part of Prospect.4. Courtesy of Prospect.4.

On Saturday the citywide triennial Prospect New Orleans is opening its fourth iteration, Prospect.4, The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Featuring work by Ellen Gallagher, Rashid Johnson, Alfredo Jaar, Minerva Cuevas, and Mark Dion, the triennial will celebrate its opening on Friday with a gala honoring Louisiana-born artist Lynda Benglis. Prospect.4 also includes a forthcoming public art installation by Kara Walker, which will be presented and performed in February 2018. Inspired by natural landscape of New Orleans, the exhibition’s title also alludes to the city’s cultural landscape as a creative force—saxophonist Archie Shepp described jazz as a triumph of the human spirit, a lily that grows “in spite of the swamp.” Prospect.4 will run through February 25th, 2018.

Also this week:

Events & exhibitions

New York City

  • Monday, November 13 from 7–8pm—Tonight The Brooklyn Rail and David Zwirner are hosting a panel discussion at Strand Books to celebrate launch of a new book of interviews, Tell Me Something Good. Moderated by Lucas Zwirner, panelists include Phong Bui, Jonas Mekas, Shirin Neshat, Shahzia Sikander and Jack Whitten.
  • Thursday, November 16 at 7pm and 9pm—Julie Mehertu and Jason Moran are performing MASS (HOWL, eon) in Harlem as part of this year’s Performa biennial.
  • Thursday, November 16 from 6-8pm—New York Close Up artist Mary Mattingly will be in conversation with activists Tanya Field and Ben Hall at The 8th Floor for a discussion entitled “Food is Love,” exploring the intersection of food, politics, activism, and art.

Buffalo, NY

  • A new exhibition of work by Laylah Ali opened Friday at Hallways Contemporary Art Center. Paintings and Drawings will be on view through Friday, December 22.

Middletown, CT


New Orleans

East Lansing, MI

  • A new exhibition pairing the work of Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw opens Saturday at Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum. Entitled Michigan Stories, the exhibition will be on view through February 25, 2018.


  • Also opening Saturday is Everyday Poetics at the Seattle Art Museum, which features the work of William Cordova, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Gabriel Orozco among others. Exclusively focusing on Latin American artists, the show’s works “function like poetic ballads in the stream of everyday life,” and will be on view through June 17, 2018.

San Luis Obispo, CA

  • Cuesta College’s Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery is hosting Oliver Herring as an artist in residence starting today through December 7. While Herring is there, he’ll transform the gallery into a studio space and collaborate with students and the community on an exhibition that will be on view for the month of December. This Wednesday at 5:30pm, he’ll be giving an artist talk and presenting proposed ideas for his residency exhibition.


  • This Sunday is the last day to see Erin Shirreff’s exhibition at Darling Foundry. In Concrete Buildings, the artist presents a double projection video installation that focuses on two prototype buildings designed and built by Donald Judd.

Nice, France

Umeå, Sweden

  • Do Ho Suh’s Passages is opening Friday at Bildmuseet, where it will be on view through April 15, 2018. The artist will be giving a talk at 4pm on Friday ahead of the exhibition’s evening opening.