Prospect New Orleans Swamp Galaxy Gala

The fourth iteration of Prospect New Orleans’ international contemporary art exhibition, Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, will open to the public on Saturday, November 18, 2017 and run through February 25, 2018 aligning with the City of New Orleans’s Tricentennial celebration. Prospect.4 will host Preview Days of the city-wide triennial beginning Thursday, November 16 and running through Sunday, November 19, with the Swamp Galaxy Gala scheduled for Friday evening, November 17.

This year’s Swamp Galaxy Gala will honor native Louisiana artist Lynda Benglis, Bronx Museum executive director Holly Block, Prospect New Orleans founding board member and noted Africanist William Fagaly, and director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem Thelma Golden. Additionally, a posthumous award will be presented to artist Barkley L. Hendricks, whose work is featured in Prospect.4. The gala will take place on Friday, November 18 from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Sugar Mill and feature dinner, dancing, and a New Orleans-style celebration. Individual tickets start at $500 and include VIP access to P.4 Preview Days. Tickets are currently available at

“Our Contemporary art world would not be nearly as powerful or exciting without the visionary leadership of this year’s honorees,” said Ylva Rouse, Interim Director of Prospect New Orleans. “These luminaries have each in their own way created a better and more diverse world for us to experience, as reflected in Prospect.4.”

Prospect New Orleans ensures that all participating artists, this year a total of 73, are invited to attend and participate in opening weekend activities. Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp will open with an exciting series of talks, performances, tours, and events.

Start Date

November 17, 2017

End Date

November 17, 2017


07:00 PM - 11:59 PM


750 Carondelet Street New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115

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