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Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi Will Organize Prospect.5 in New Orleans

Nawi and Keith.


Prospect.5, the next edition of the New Orleans triennial, which is scheduled to open in fall of 2020, will be organized by Naima Keith, the deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the L.A.–based independent curator Diana Nawi.

Keith joined CAAM in 2016 after serving as associate curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, and her list of curatorial credits includes solo exhibitions of Nicole Miller, Rodney McMillian, Samuel Levi Jones, Titus Kaphar, Robert Pruitt, Charles Gaines (a 2014 survey that the International Association of Art Critics nominated for “Best Monographic Museum Show in New York”), and Genevieve Gaignard, as well as the group exhibition “Fore” at the Studio Museum, which she co-curated with Lauren Haynes and Thomas J. Lax, and many more.

Nawi, who was associate curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami before going independent, has organized shows with work by John Dunkley, Nari Ward, Haroon Mirza, John Akomfrah, Matthew Ronay, Shana Lutker, and Nicole Cherubini, to name just a few. (Some additional news appears in Prospect’s release: her great Dunkley show, which opened at PAAM last year, is traveling to the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston and the American Folk Art Museum in New York.)

“Naima and Diana are established curators with unique perspectives on New Orleans and its many historical and cultural connections to the Global South,” Chris Alfieri, the president and board chair of Prospect New Orleans, said in a statement. “Collaboration has been the model for Prospect since it began, so it’s no surprise that we have chosen dual artistic directors who bring diverse backgrounds and viewpoints to their curatorial partnership.”

The previous directors of Prospect were Dan Cameron (for numbers one and two), Franklin Sirmans (for the third), and Trevor Schoonmaker, whose sterling fourth edition just closed in February.

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