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Closing Week Event: Talk with Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans at NOMA

Friday, January 23, 6:00 PM: A Conversation with P.3 Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans. New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle)

P.3 Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans will lead a conversation on Prospect.3: Notes for Now highlighting the exhibits at the New Orleans Museum of Art, including works by Frederick J. Brown, Tarsila do Amaral, Huguette Caland, Ed Clark, Andrea Fraser, Paul Gauguin, Jeffrey Gibson, and Alma Thomas.

Free with paid admission to the museum.


"You belong here" Final eleven days to see the iconic sculpture!

Head to the Moonwalk or Esplanade Wharf after dusk to see You belong here lit for its final days before P.3 closes on January 25th!


Tomorrow! Jan. 15th P.3Reads, 6-7 PM, Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Avenue

Please join us for a conversation between P.3 Artist Firelei Báez and José Torres-Tama discussing Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Thursday, January 15, 6-7 PM, Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Avenue


Junot Díaz’s tragicomic novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao follows the life of Oscar De León, a nerdy, overweight Dominican-American teenager, as he comes of age in Paterson, New Jersey. Like many of Díaz’s short stories, it explores issues of masculinity, assimilation, dias- pora, and Dominican-American identity. The book won the John Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize, the Dayton Peace Prize in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008.

The work of the New York–based painter Firelei Báez often presents familial and diasporic narratives that speak to her experience growing up in the United States with Dominican and Haitian parents. Báez paints bold images of full-figured women with thick hips who carry more than physical weight on their person: they are adorned, seemingly collaged, with striking patterns. They flirt with myth, fable, and fantasy to urge the viewer to question and investigate the stories being told with each image.

Báez challenges us to think not only about the way Western societies have been conditioned to understand physical beauty but to consider the aesthetics of adornment, gesture, and movement and the ways texture can give life to a painting. Her work is steeped in history—addressing migration, colonialism, slavery, and the traditional gendering of the Caribbean landscape as female. Báez’s work is currently on view at the Joan Mitchell Center Studios and the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans as part of Prospect.3: Notes for Now.

Ecuadorian-born José Torres-Tama is an NEA award recipient for his genre-bending performances and a Louisiana Theater Fellow. As a writer/poet, performance and visual artist, he explores the underbelly of the American Dream mythology, the Latino immigrant experience, and New Orleans Creole culture. Since 1995, he has toured his performances nationally and internationally. Diálogos Books New Orleans recently published Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares, a collection that compiles twenty-five years of his performance poetry.

P.3Reads, a Prospect New Orleans Public Program, is inspired by Artistic Director Franklin Sirmans’ vision for Prospect.3: Notes for Now (P.3). The program takes place monthly in different NOPL branches. Artists who are featured in P.3 discuss with members of the New Orleans community the books that have been important in their lives and work.

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Refreshments will be served.


P.3Reads is generously supported by Henry M. Lambert and R. Carey Bond, with additional funding provided by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Edward Wisner Donation Fund/City of New Orleans, the Ruth U. Fertel Foundation and the National Council of Jewish Women/Greater New Orleans Section.


Meet the P.4 Artistic Director!

Fill up your P.3 Passport and turn it in by 4pm on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 and be eligible for a chance to win an invitation for you and a guest to the champagne toast with the new P.4 Artistic Director!


Closing Week Event: How to Be

Saturday, January 24, 2:00 PM: How to Be: A Panel Discussion with artists Brandan Odums, Lisa Sigal, Nari Ward, Willie Birch, and Imani Jacqueline Brown, moderated by Gia Hamilton.
Auditorium, Administrative Building, Xavier University of Louisiana (7299 Drexel Drive) 

This panel explores the responsibility of the artist in regard to their social and political environment and centers around the P.3+ project ExhibitBE, organized by local artist Brandan Odums. ExhibitBE explores the relationship of street artists to a specific site, the abandoned Charles DeGaulle Manor housing complex in Algiers. Free and open to the public. This event is made possible by Xavier University and the Joan Mitchell Center.

Prospect New Orleans is offering bus transportation to visit ExhibitBE before the panel discussion. The cost is $75, and the bus will depart the Hyatt Regency (601 Loyola Avenue) at 10:30 AM and return around 4:30 PM. Please contact Megan Koza Young at with all questions or to reserve a seat.

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Closing Week Event: "Not just a few of us," a performance by Andrea Fraser

Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 PM: Not just a few of us, a performance by Andrea Fraser.
Dixon Hall, Tulane University (6823 St. Charles Avenue)

P.3 Artist Andrea Fraser’s "Not just a few of us" is an interpretation of one public confrontation with racist systems in contemporary New Orleans: a 1991 City Council hearing regarding the official desegregation of the unofficially self-segregated Mardi Gras krewes. Fraser has transcribed, internalized, and performed the heat: one person embodying divergent voices and perspectives. Andrea Fraser first performed "Not just a few of us" for the opening of Prospect.3: Notes for Now in October, 2014, and revisits the performance for this event.

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P.3 Closing Festivities Announced!