Prospect New Orleans
Founded in 2008 by Dan Cameron, Prospect New Orleans is the largest biennial of international contemporary art in the United States. Conceived in the tradition of the great international biennials, such as the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect New Orleans showcases new artistic practices from around the world and contributes to the revitalization of New Orleans by spurring tourism and bringing international attention to the city's vibrant visual arts community. Prospect.2, the second iteration of the contemporary art biennial, which is curated by Dan Cameron, will open to the public on November 5, 2011, and will be on view until Sunday, February 3, 2012.
Prospect.2 is organized under the auspices of U.S. Biennial, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in New York with offices in New Orleans. U.S. Biennial, Inc., was launched in January 2007, and its first project was Prospect.1.
Dan Cameron is founder of the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization U.S. Biennial, Inc., and artistic director of Prospect New Orleans, the international biennial of contemporary art produced by U.S. Biennial, which launched in November 2008. Since 2007, Cameron has also served as director of visual arts for the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, which served as the principal venue for Prospect.1. At the CAC, Cameron has presented solo projects by such artists as Luis Cruz Azaceta, Tony Feher, and Peter Saul, as well as the group exhibitions "Something from Nothing," "Make-It-Right," "Previously on Piety," and "Hot Up Here."
Cameron was senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York from 1995 to 2006, where his exhibitions included survey and new-work exhibitions of Eugenio Dittborn, Carroll Dunham, Teresita Fernandez, William Kentridge, Cildo Meireles, Los Carpinteros, Nalini Malani, Christian Marclay, Paul McCarthy, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, Marcel Odenbach, Pierre et Gilles, Faith Ringgold, Doris Salcedo, Carolee Schneemann, Francesco Vezzoli, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong, and Xu Bing, among others. While at the New Museum, he also organized the group exhibitions "East Village USA" and "Living Inside the Grid."
In 2003, Cameron served as artistic director for the 8th Istanbul Biennial, entitled "Poetic Justice," and in 2006, he co-organized the 10th Taipei Biennial, "Dirty Yoga." In 2006, he was the curator of "New York, Interrupted" at pkm Gallery Beijing, the first independent exhibition of recent American art in China. In 2008, as guest curator for the Orange County Museum of Art, he presented a five-decade retrospective of American painter Peter Saul. Cameron currently serves as senior curator for Next Wave Visual Art at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), where he has organized an annual exhibition of emerging Brooklyn-based artists since 2002. He is also a member of the graduate faculty of School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York, where he teaches an MFA symposium each spring.
Some of Cameron's better-known early exhibitions include "Extended Sensibilities" (1982, New Museum); "Art and its Double" (1986—87, FundaciÃ³n "la Caixa," Barcelona and Madrid); "What is Contemporary Art?" (1989, Rooseum, MalmÃ¶); "The Savage Garden" (1991, Fundación 'la Caixa,' Madrid); and "Cocido y Crudo" (1994, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid). Besides organizing major exhibitions in cities like Moscow, Mexico City, Valencia, Vienna, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, and Los Angeles, he is a frequently published writer on contemporary art, with hundreds of museum catalogs, essays, book texts, and magazine articles to his credit. His most recent publications include critical essays for Alexandre Arrechea: "Todo Algo Nada" (2009, Centro de Arte, Caja de Burgos, Spain); Nick Cave: "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" (2009, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco); and Skylar Fein: "Youth Manifesto" (2009, New Orleans Museum of Art).