The Propeller Group @ Prospect New Orleans

28 June 2014

NEW ORLEANS – May 14, 2014 – Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial, today announced the curatorial framework and artists to be featured in its third installment, “Prospect.3: Notes for Now,” on view October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015 across New Orleans.

Franklin Sirmans, the Terri and Michael Smooke Department Head and Curator of Contemporary Art at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), is serving as the Artistic Director for “Prospect.3: Notes for Now.” The three-month exhibition will showcase the work of more than 50 leading and emerging contemporary artists from around the globe. Founded on the principle that art engenders social progress, the biennial and all related events will be free and open to the public.*

Each artist will be offered a dedicated space to exhibit at one of over 15 venues, with a number of artists commissioned to produce site-specific projects. Many projects engage in some way with the Crescent City’s unique culture, and offer distinctive interpretations of the city, both past and present.

“Alongside our numerous partners in New Orleans, we are tremendously excited to share the artworks in ‘Prospect.3: Notes for Now’ with our audience,” said Prospect New Orleans Executive Director Brooke Davis Anderson. “Franklin Sirmans has created a conversation about the ways in which artists examine the creation of community, the necessities of beauty and the consequences of our contemporary times.”

Guided by several curatorial themes, P.3’s exhibitions, site-specific installations and new works will address: The New Orleans Experience, Seeing Oneself in the Other, The South, Crime and Punishment, Movie going, The Carnivalesque, Abstraction, Visual Sound, and will seamlessly tie together the largesse of the show through commissions by several artists under the moniker, All Together Now.

Prospect.3 (P.3) is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors, many of them from out of town, and generate $5-10 million in economic activity during the exhibition’s thirteen-week run. In addition to showing their work, many artists will be invited to participate in the myriad of educational and public programs. A fully illustrated catalogue, featuring documentation of Prospect.3 and essays on the exhibition, will also be produced.

The biennial will be open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be closed on the following holidays:

Thursday and Friday, November 27-28, 2014 (Thanksgiving)
Wednesday and Thursday, December 24-25, 2014 (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 (New Year’s Eve)

As with Prospect.1 and Prospect.2, Prospect New Orleans will work closely with an experienced public relations firm, as well as local tourism and marketing agencies to publicize the exhibition regionally, nationally and internationally. In January, Prospect.3 announced its partnerships with both New Orleans-based strategic marketing firm Deveney Communication, and inbound travel operator Royal Insider. Additionally, the organization will again coordinate with a number of neighborhood and community organizations, along with local businesses, to maximize the economic impact for the city and ensure P.3 visitors have a chance to experience the warm Southern hospitality for which the city is justly known.

*General admission may apply at certain participating venues.


About Prospect New Orleans

Prospect New Orleans is an International Arts Biennial event that will take place from October 25, 2014 through January 25, 2015. “Prospect.3: Notes for Now” will present the work of more than 50 artists selected by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans, in more than 15 locations, including museums, community centers and independent sites throughout neighborhoods across New Orleans. Prospect.3 is made possible by our generous supporters, including: Toby Devan Lewis, The Helis Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, Edythe and Eli Broad Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Lambent Foundation (A Project of the Tides Center), The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Whitney Bank, the Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation, Jones Walker, LLC, RosaMary Foundation, a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans, and many others.

Participating Artists

Prospect.3 will present the work of 58 local, national and international artists of different generations working in all media. Each artist will be provided with a dedicated space or venue in the New Orleans metropolitan area. The following artists will participate in “Prospect.3: Notes for Now”:

Zarouhie Abdalian (b. 1982) USA (New Orleans)

Terry Adkins (1953 – 2014) USA

Manal Al Dowayan (b. 1973) SAUDI ARABIA

Tarsila do Amaral (1886-1973) BRAZIL

Firelei Báez (b. 1981) DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Shigeru Ban (b. 1957) JAPAN

Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) USA

Zarina Bhimji (b. 1963) UGANDA

McArthur Binion (b. 1946) USA

Douglas Bourgeois (b. 1951) USA (New Orleans)

Mohamed Bourouissa (b. 1978) ALGERIA

Frederick J. Brown (1945-2012) USA

Huguette Caland (b. 1931) LEBANON

Keith Calhoun (b. 1957) USA (New Orleans)

Mary Ellen Carroll (b. 1961) USA

Ed Clark (b. 1926) USA (New Orleans)

Thomas Joshua Cooper (b. 1946) USA

William Cordova (b. 1971) PERU

Liu Ding (b. 1976) CHINA

Monir Farmanfarmaian (b. 1923) IRAN

Andrea Fraser (b.1965) USA

Charles Gaines (b. 1944) USA

Theaster Gates (b. 1973) USA

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) FRANCE

Jeffrey Gibson (b. 1972) USA

Piero Golia (b. 1974) ITALY

Camille Henrot (b. 1978) FRANCE

Lonnie Holley (b. 1950) USA

Pieter Hugo (b. 1976) SOUTH AFRICA

Yun-Fei Ji (b. 1963) CHINA

Remy Jungerman (b. 1959) SURINAME

Glenn Kaino (b. 1972) USA

Lucia Koch (b. 1966) BRAZIL

Hew Locke (b. 1959) UNITED KINGDOM

Los Jaichackers

Julio Cesar Morales (b. 1966) MEXICO

and Eamon Ore- Girón (b. 1973) USA

Sophie T. Lvoff (b. 1986) USA (New Orleans)

Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955) USA

Chandra McCormick (b. 1957) USA (New Orleans)

Tameka Norris (b. 1979) GUAM/USA (New Orleans)

with Garrett Bradley (b. 1986) USA (New Orleans)

Akosua Adoma Owusu (b. 1984) USA

Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981) JAMAICA

Hayal Pozanti (b. 1983) TURKEY

The Propeller Group

Phunam (b. 1974) VIETNAM

Matt Lucero (b. 1976) USA

Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976) VIETNAM

with Christopher Myers (b. 1974) USA

Pushpamala N. (b. 1956) INDIA

Joe Ray (b. 1944) USA

Will Ryman (b. 1969) USA

Analia Saban (b. 1980) ARGENTINA

Lisa Sigal (b. 1962) USA

Gary Simmons (b. 1960) USA

Herbert Singleton (1945-2007) USA (New Orleans)

Lucien Smith (b. 1989) USA

Tavares Strachan (b. 1979) BAHAMAS

Agus Suwage (b. 1959) INDONESIA

Alma Thomas (1891-1978) USA

Antonio Vega Macotela (b. 1980) MEXICO

Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953) USA

Entang Wiharso (b. 1967) INDONESIA

David Zink Yi (b. 1973) PERU

The Propeller Group @ Art Basel Hong Kong

24 April 2014

The Propeller Group presents their series of altered original oil paintings of Lenin at Art Basel Hong Kong exploring the public memorialization of revolutionary political leadership post Cold War in the context of hyper-capitalism as it hinges on the verge of the cult of personality and celebrityhood.

The Propeller Group have commissioned hand-embroidered interventions on original painted portraits of Vladimir Lenin that once hung in regional Communist Party headquarters across the U.S.S.R. With the addition of various hairstyles spanning Leonardo DiCaprio’s filmography, the revolutionary leader’s equipped for contemporary superstardom. Drawing from Internet conspiracies about DiCaprio’s being a lost relative of Lenin, the series addresses the political ramifications of representation and celebrity idolatry. As culture blogs report that DiCaprio will play Lenin in a rumored film, The Propeller Group will continue the series throughout the actor’s career until the two figures are united in a Hollywood historical drama, collapsing history and identity. This last painting in the series will be entitled: Lenin as Lenin in Lenin.

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Visiable Award Artist Statement

8 November 2013

Curated by Matteo Lucchetti and Judith Wielander

2013 Visible Award: the jury as a public event
The 2013 Visible Award, on the occasion of its second edition, evolves its format, seeking an innovative approach that passes through a more transparent methodology around its jury session, which in this edition will take the form of a public event at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The jury session will not only be a debate between experts, in order to select an exemplary socially engaged art project, but rather a moment for sharing knowledge and collective learning, that in the process of assessing the winning project, will hopefully create an opportunity to put at work the vast network of professionals existing around the Visible project, that so far connects 45 curators, over 200 artists and 30 independent art spaces across the globe.

On the 14th of December 2013 a prestigious, interdisciplinary jury, chaired by Charles Esche and composed of a group of intellectuals operating in different fields of culture, will gather together in order to assess the merits of the artistic projects and select the winner of the 2013 Visible Award. The invited members of the jury are Tania Bruguera (artist, New York), Joseph Grima (architect, writer, former editor of Domus, Milan), Koyo Kouho (curator, Artistic Director of Raw Material Company, Dakar), Nikos Papastergiadis (contemporary social-cultural studies professor, Sydney), and Michelangelo Pistoletto (artist, Artistic Director of Cittadellarte, Biella). A sixth member of the jury will be represented by the vote of the audience who will gather at the Van Abbemuseum for the event. Please sign up for the event at this link, on the museum website.

The ten projects that will be assessed have been shortlisted among a list of 34 art projects nominated by the 2013 Visible advisory board and the 48 projects received, for the first time, through an open call. The ten shortlisted projects are Sammy Baloji, Kumbuka (Congo); Beta Local, From-Tool-to-Tool! (Puerto Rico); Mabe Bethonico, Museum of Public Concerns (Brazil); Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, One Dollar (Cambodia); Beatrice Catanzaro, Bait Al Karama, (Palestine); Fernando García-Dory, Paese Nuovo / New Country – Borgate (Italy); Inkanyiso (Zanele Muholi), Oui Twenty/20 (South Africa); Ahmet Ögüt, The Silent University (Turkey); The Propeller Group, Christ the King of Bling (Vietnam); Ruangrupa, The Gerobak Bioskop (Cinema Cart) Network (Indonesia).

The long-listed projects will be made available on the Visible website by the end of November. The list features projects by the following artists and collectives: Arteam, Beyond Pressure (Moe Satt), Caminul Cultural, Futurefarmers, Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel, Marlon Griffith, Dor Guez, Honf – House of Natural Fibers, Suresh Kumar G, Iconoclasistas, Les Palettes du Kamer, Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, Amina Menia, Mosireen, Maria Papadimitriou, Rafani collective, Rigo 23, Meir Tati, Temporary Occupations, Teatro de Operações, Bert Theis, Yeh Wei-li, Siren Eun Young Jung, and Arseniy Zhilyaev. The Visible team would like to express its gratitude to all of them for sharing their work with our network.

The Visible Award
The Visible Award is an international production award of 25,000 euros devoted to art work in the social sphere that aims to produce innovative artistic projects that are able to become visible in fields other than the artistic one.

The Visible Award is looking for artistic projects that in a radical and proactive way are able to rethink our cities in their approach to urban and rural communities, put into question education models while reconsidering different ways of sharing knowledge, support alternative models of economic development and new ideas for the allocation of resources, rethink the access to information or the priority of ecological and environmental needs, as well as experimenting with participatory and democratic political models. These are just few examples of how artistic processes can create areas for reflection and mobilization, acting as a field for action within the public domain, in favour of a reading of participation in art that considers the social body as a potential power for bringing about social change and transformation.

Veronica Ngo – Under My Spell MV

1 November 2013

Axe Apollo branded music video starring our future astronaut…