Rebuilding New Orleans with Prospect.1

BY Arts Desk  December 15, 2008 at 3:38 PM EST

Three years after Hurricane Katrina all but destroyed the city of New Orleans, the rebuilding effort continues and there is an enormous amount of work left to do. The city’s population is 25 percent lower than it was before Hurricane Katrina — a figure that includes many displaced artists, of course.

Tonight on the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown reports on the city’s efforts to rebuild its art scene and its tourist industry through Prospect.1, an exhibition of contemporary art billed as the largest of its kind ever held in the United States. Works by some 80 artists from around the world are on display at sites throughout the Crescent City.

Below is an extended interview with Dan Cameron, the man behind Prospect.1. The veteran international curator began visiting New Orleans in the 1970s for JazzFest and ended up making the colorful city a second home.

You can see some images of the works in this slide show and by visiting the Prospect.1 Web site.

UPDATE: Here is a link to Jeffrey Brown’s report on Prospect.1.