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Prospect, the New Orleans biennial conceived and founded by curator Dan Cameron, now transformed into a triennial has announced its artist list for Prospect.4 2017. The list, put together by Artistic Director Trevor Schoonmaker, (of the Nasher Museum in Durham North Carolina), includes 73 artists from North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the European powers that colonized New Orleans, and will address themes of identity, displacement and cultural hybridity. It will be called “The Lotus In Spite of the Swamp.”

This sounds a bit like every show ever, so we’ll be curious to see how Schoonmaker distinguishes his exhibition.

Post image for This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Djinns Against Digital Colonialism, John Waters Action Figures, and “Werifesteria”

This week you’re in for a weird ride. From Aaron Pexa’s installation inspired by faeries from Welsh mythology (opening Wednesday at UrbanGlass) to a show of fake John Waters memorabilia Thursday night at La MaMa, there’s a lot of idiosyncratic happenings to partake in. Add to that itinerary a Friday night group show of emotion-altering colors (like the opposite of a mood ring!) at Small Editions and Eva Papamargariti’s speculative mutant frogs at TRANSFER on Saturday.

Post image for Three Shows: Beki Basch, Hein Koh, and “Photo Flesh”

The next week is a good time to do some art-seeing on the westside of downtown Baltimore. Michael Jones McKean’s commission from The Contemporary has transformed an old department store into a dystopian museum and it’s teriffying and great. You can check it out by appointment until May 31st, when it will be deinstalled. Luckily some of the city’s strongest artist-run spaces are within a few blocks of the show and also tend to accommodate by-appointment viewings. I checked out three openings last weekend: Beki Basch’s trippy Vision Quest Lundi: Flush / Flood at Current Gallery, Hein Koh’s technicolor wonderland Joy & Pain at Platform, and the group show Photo Flesh at Terrault Contemporary featuring three international genre-bending photographers from the Birmingham School of Art.

Post image for Michael Jones McKean Makes Museums Existentially Terrifying

In Michael Jones McKean’s The Ground, presented by The Contemporary, the artist has inserted a dystopian anthropology museum in a long-vacant department store. It’s smart, funny, and just a little terrifying.

See it while you can.