Franklin Sirmans has been named artistic director of Prospect.3, the New Orleans biennial founded by Dan Cameron. Sirmans has been department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since January 2010, and will retain that post. Prior to joining LACMA, he was head of modern and contemporary art at Houston’s Menil Collection, where he organized the successful “NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith.”
Cameron, who organized the first two Prospects (the second iteration of which is on view through Jan. 29), was just appointed chief curator of the Orange County Museum of Art, and will assume his new post in January. Among the first tasks on his plate is curating the 2013 California Biennial. In 2007, he founded U.S. Biennial, the mounting organization of Prospect New Orleans. He served as senior curator at the New Museum in New York from 1995 to 2006. While there, he worked with OCMA director Dennis Szakacs, who served as the New Museum’s deputy director from 1996 to 2003.
Prospect.3 is scheduled to open in October 2013.