This year LACMA
’s department head and curator of contemporary art Franklin Sirmans led the charge for Prospect 3
, New Orleans’s ailing biennial (which, it has now been announced, is turning into a triennial), which launched in 2008. Partly intended to help get the city back on its feet post-Katrina, the event opened to great fanfare 6 years ago, but has since been afflicted with spiralling costs. Representing 53 contemporary artists from near and far, Sirmans’s event this year makes a strong statement with a theme drawn from
Walker Percy’s award-winning 1961 novel, The Moviegoer
, whose protagonist wanders New Orleans, searching for his identity.