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Posted 3/11/2009

THE PROSPECTOR Last fall New Orleans launched one of the largest biennials in North America in Prospect.1. Including over two dozen venues scattered throughout the city and some 80 artists from around the world--from established Americans such as Sanford Biggers and Trenton Doyle Hancock to international stars such as British video artist Isaac Julien, the New York-based Iranian video artist Shirin Neshat, and LED light artist Tatsuo Miyajima--the project was started post-Katrina by curator Dan Cameron in 2005, when he was the senior curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Cameron, a longtime New Orleans visitor and fan, conceived Prospect.1 as an integrated world-class art event and economic boost to the city, and has a history of high-concept, large-scale exhibitions, curating 2003's 8th Istanbul Biennial and serving as one of the curators at the Taiwan's 2006 Taipei Biennial. Cameron, currently the visual arts director at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, comes to MICA's Falvey Hall March 12 to deliver a lecture about Prospect.1 and the cultural impact it had on the city. Sponsored by the Contemporary Museum and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Contemporary members and all students get in free; otherwise there's a $10 admission.

TALKS AND RECEPTIONS The Maryland Women's Heritage Center's exhibition highlight Maryland women artists, Women's Art: Women's Vision, holds a reception at the World Trade Center March 10 from 5-7 p.m. with the artists in attendance. And Susan Lowe gives a gallery talk for her Nuthouse Drawings at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson March 11 at 7 p.m.

OPENING Wet-Plate to Ink-Jet, Bridging Three Centuries: A Curated Collection of Loyola College Photography Students opens at Gallery 1448 March 13, featuring student work selected by Loyola professor Daniel Schlapbach.

CLOSING Guns and Chandeliers--the two-painter show of Shannon Cannings and Jessica Dunegan--closes at Gallery Imperato March 14. MICA faculty member Philip Koch's Unbroken Thread: Nature Paintings and the American Imagination closes March 15 in the Pinkard Gallery. And Follies, Predicaments, and Other Conundrums: The Works of Laure Drogoul, the must-see large-scale retrospective of the local interdisciplinary artist, ends its run in the Decker and Meyerhoff galleries March 15.

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