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Biennial rising: Prospect.1 New Orleans and the post-disaster arts movement
by Yank, Sue Bell, M.A., University of Southern California, 2009, 155; 1464308
Abstract (Summary)

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in August of 2005, centuries-old hierarchies were overturned, spatial boundaries rendered unrecognizable, and artists on multiple fronts coalesced into communities with a similarity of purpose: to produce experimental contemporary art in New Orleans linked to a global rather than regional dialogue, and to test the role of art as a force in building community and engaging in pedagogy in a post-disaster context. This urgent need to connect artistic activity to a greater social rebuilding process, along with the compacted changes to the redefined and renegotiated arts sector in New Orleans, led me to focus on the massive game-changing inception of the first international United States biennial exhibition, Prospect.1 New Orleans. Through on-the-ground interviews and site visits, I investigate Prospect.1 from inception to reception, analyze it against existing biennial structures, and unpack the complexities of its relationship with the burgeoning post-disaster arts movement.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anastas, Rhea
Commitee: Decter, Joshua, Firstenberg, Lauri
School: University of Southern California
Department: Public Art Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Art history, Social structure
Keywords: Art, Biennial, Louisiana, New orleans, Prospect.1, Rebuilding, Recovery
Publication Number: 1464308
ISBN: 978-1-109-14047-7
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