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press release

Prospect.1 New Orleans will be the largest international exhibition of contemporary art ever presented in the United States, showcasing the work of 80 artists from around the globe while establishing New Orleans as a major center for contemporary visual art exhibitions.

U.S. Biennial, Inc. is a non-profit corporation founded in New York in January 2007, for the sole purpose of organizing Prospect.1 New Orleans (along with possible future editions), and dedicated to raising the necessary funds to produce it. An educational organization, U.S. Biennial is a charitable organization operating under the 501(c)(3) section of the tax code.

VENUES:

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Ashé Cultural Arts Center is an initiative of EFFORTS OF GRACE, INC., a not-for-profit organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts. During post–Hurricane Katrina recovery, it has acted as a community-based center for the activities of ReBuild New Orleans, and has taken a leadership role in implementing the strategy to repopulate the Central City neighborhood with its former residents and new like-minded neighbors.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center : 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard www.ashecac.org

Battle Ground Baptist Church

Battle Ground Baptist Church originated in Fazendeville, a small African-American community that thrived in St. Bernard Parish from 1867 to 1964. Fazendeville occupied the site of the Battle of New Orleans of the War of 1812. Among its many functions, Battle Ground Baptist Church served as performance space and community hall. When the neighborhood was razed in 1964, the church’s pastor, Reverend Allen Thomas, relocated Battle Ground Baptist Church to Flood Street in the Lower Ninth Ward. Much of the congregation followed, making the church the center of the displaced Fazendeville community. Although the residents were scattered by post-Katrina floods, Battle Ground services resumed in July 2007 at 5200 Cannes Street in east New Orleans, presided over by Reverend Lawrence Armour, Sr., the ninth pastor of the Battle Ground Baptist Church.

Battle Ground Baptist Church : 2200 Flood Street

Charles J. Colton School

Designed by New Orleans architect Edgar Angelo Christy, the Charles J. Colton School was named after a writer and lawyer who was a popular member of the New Orleans Board of Education from 1904 until his death in 1916. It opened in 1929 and operated for more than seventy-five years as a middle school. Although the Colton School reopened shortly after Hurricane Katrina, decreased attendance led to its closing after the 2007 school year. CANO (Creative Arts New Orleans) has worked with the New Orleans Recovery School District to plan for a community-based educational alliance at the school, with the first enrollment of high-school students to take place in fall 2010. Workshops are being conducted during the interim. This will be the first time the New Orleans school district has overseen classes bringing together students and professional artists.

Charles J. Colton School : 2300 St. Claude Avenue

Common Ground Relief

Common Ground is a community-based volunteer organization offering assistance, mutual aid, and support to residents of the Lower Ninth Ward who suffered losses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Its mission is to provide short-term relief for victims and long-term support to rebuild New Orleans communities affected by the floods. The group’s headquarters are also home to the Anita Roddick Advocacy Center, which offers free legal and technical services to assist residents’ efforts; Community Resources, which offers free computer use, Internet access, and copy services; Media Collective, which provides grassroots coverage of events and activities in the New Orleans area; and the Meg Perry Healthy Soil Project, which provides information regarding techniques for minimizing health risks associated with soil toxicity, and aids in the development of community and backyard gardens.

Common Ground Relief : 1800 Deslonde Street

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) of New Orleans presents multidisciplinary exhibitions and programs spanning the visual arts, dance, music, and performing arts. Founded in 1977 in New Orleans’s historic Arts District, and featuring over ten thousand feet of exhibition space, the CAC building mixes timeless New Orleans architecture with contemporary materials incorporated during renovations in 1990. Prospect.1 takes advantage of display areas within the main building that have never before been utilized as an exhibition space.

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans : 900 Camp Street www.cacno.org

The George & Lean McKenna Museum of African American Art

The George & Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art collects, interprets, and preserves the aesthetic of people of African descent in North America and beyond, in order to make African Diasporan fine art accessible to visitors of all ages. The institution identifies and introduces emerging artists as well as presenting the work of established masters. Featuring the private collection of Dr. Dwight McKenna, the museum holds work by locally and internationally renowned artists such as Ernie Barnes, Clementine Hunter, Ulrich Jean Pierre, William Edouard Scott, and Henry Ossawa Tanner. The McKenna Museum is committed to the preservation of the distinct culture of the African-American community of Louisiana.

The George & Lean McKenna Museum of African American Art : 2003 Carondelet Street www.themckennamuseum.com

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Located throughout a seven-unit complex consisting of some of the oldest buildings in the French Quarter, the Historic New Orleans Collection is dedicated to preserving and researching the history of the many nations, cultures, and figures that have shaped not only New Orleans but the entire state of Louisiana from the eighteenth century to the present. The collection holds tens of thousands of rare publications and hundreds of thousands of drawings, etchings, prints, photographs, and paintings recording the development of the city. The Collection recently acquired a historic French Quarter building, the Seignouret-Broulatour House and Courtyard on 315 Royal Street, which features several installations by artists participating in Prospect.1.

The Historic New Orleans Collection : 533 Royal Street www.hnoc.org

L9 Center for the Arts

L9 Center for the Arts is an artist-run community arts center founded in the Lower Ninth Ward in 2007 by New Orleans photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick. The Center, a Victorian shotgun house on the corner of Chartres Street and Caffin Avenue, was purchased by Calhoun and McCormick following the destruction of their home by Hurricane Katrina. Initially intending to live in the building, they recognized the need for a creative center in the midst of the devastation wrought by the storms of 2005, particularly in the hard-hit Lower Ninth Ward. The structure has been transformed into a bright and lively gallery space in which artists, such as world-renowned Mark Bradford, can work and share their creative visions with local residents.

L9 Center for the Arts : 539 Caffin Avenue

Longue Vue House and Gardens

Longue Vue House and Gardens, one of the last great houses custom-built in America, was conceived by and for Edgar and Edith Stern, pillars of the New Orleans community. The design and construction were undertaken in 1939–42 by architects William and Geoffrey Platt and landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman. Built in the Classical Revival style, the house consists of three stories and a basement, an unusual feature in New Orleans, most of which is below sea level. The building is located on eight acres of grounds and gardens.

Longue Vue House and Gardens : 7 Bamboo Road www.longuevue.com

Louisiana ArtWorks

A project of the Arts Council of New Orleans, Louisiana ArtWorks is a fully accessible artist residency located in a 90,000-square-foot compound in the city’s Warehouse Arts District. When it is fully opened in 2009, visitors can view printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, and metalsmiths from catwalks that traverse the studio space. Dozens of additional studio and office spaces will be located in upper, non-public floors.

Louisiana ArtWorks : 818 Howard Avenue www.louisianaartworks.org

New Orleans African American Museum

The New Orleans African American Museum is located in Treme, the oldest African American neighborhood in the United States. Situated directly north of the French Quarter, the area is the city’s traditional center for African American business, and during the nineteenth century was home to free people of color as well as freed slaves. Housed in the Treme Villa, an early-nineteenth-century Creole structure, the museum is home to the Bertrand collection of traditional Congolese craft, and regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, as well as public events set in its tranquil gardens.

New Orleans African American Museum : 1418 Governor Nicholls Street

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts | Riverfront

A pre-professional arts training center providing instruction in dance, media arts, music, theater arts, visual arts, and creative writing, the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts|Riverfront offers programs to students from secondary schools across Louisiana. Students can participate in summer programs to enrich their knowledge or earn additional credits, or in a full-year course in which they spend half of the day at their own schools and the remainder at NOCCA|Riverfront under the supervision of instructors.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts | Riverfront : 2800 Chartres Street www.nocca.com

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation

Gaskin - Southall Mortuary

Occupying most of one block of North Rampart Street between Governor Nicholls and Barracks Streets, these adjacent buildings belong to the producer of the nonprofit New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, better known as Jazzfest. The Foundation promotes “the music, arts, culture and heritage of communities in Louisiana” through year-round concerts, festivals, community music education, after-school outreach activities, and other endowed programs. In 2007, the Jazz and Heritage Foundation purchased the Gaskin-Southall Mortuary in order to build a new music education center and performance area.

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation : 1205 North Rampart Street Gaskin - Southall Mortuary : 1225 North Rampart Street

New Orleans Museum of Art

In 1910, planter Isaac Delgado offered funding for a public museum that would serve as a “temple of art for rich and poor alike.” Completed in 1911, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is the city’s oldest arts institution. Sited in a five-acre natural setting, the Museum features a steadily expanding collection spanning myriad cultures and four hundred years of art history, as well as the outstanding Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

New Orleans Museum of Art : 1 Collins Diboll Circle www.noma.org

Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University

Dedicated to the “enrichment of the cultural and intellectual life of New Orleans and the Gulf South,” Newcomb Art Gallery presents exemplars of craft and design work donated by the former Newcomb College and temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Though significantly damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the gallery reopened in April 2007 to resume its wide-ranging exhibition programming.

Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University : Woldenberg Art Center www.tulane.edu/~newcomb/artindex.html

Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Exhibiting the art and culture of the fifteen southern states and the District of Columbia, the Smithsonian-affiliated Ogden Museum of Southern Art boasts the most extensive collection of artwork from the southern United States in the world, ranging in date from the eighteenth century to the present. Located in the Warehouse Arts District, the museum was built in two phases, the first completed in 2003, the second in 2009.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art : 925 Camp Street www.ogdenmuseum.org

Universal Furniture

This former retail facility is serving as a Prospect.1 venue during its metamorphosis into a neighborhood healing center housing yoga studios, organic food outlets, including Louisiana’s first cooperative grocery store, solar panels, wind turbines, a gallery space, and a street university. Since Hurricane Katrina, offices for the 5th District of the New Orleans Police Department have also been located in the space. Local developer Pres Kabacoff is spearheading the transformation of the 1926 building, located at the juncture of the historic Bywater and St. Roch neighborhoods.

Universal Furniture : 2372 St. Claude Avenue

The U.S. Mint Louisiana State Museum

The Louisiana State Museum encompasses numerous structures, one of which served as a United States Mint for much of the nineteenth century. Located at the edge of the French Quarter, the structure has had many functions, most recently housing the New Orleans History of Jazz Museum. Damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the building was closed for a period, but is now open to the public. The U.S. Mint serves as one of two main exhibition venues for Prospect.1.

The U.S. Mint Louisiana State Museum : 400 Esplanade Avenue lsm.crt.state.la.us/Mintex.htm