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As Prospect2 New Orleans art exhibition opens, founder steps down

(Doug MacCash, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Prospect.2 New Orleans, an international art exhibition held in several locations across the city, opened Saturday with 28 displays and performances designed to please an avant-garde audience, plus news of a major change in management.

As a crowd waited in Washington Square Park in the Marigny neighborhood Saturday morning, Prospect.2 director Dan Cameron stepped to a microphone to declare the opening of the long-awaited sequel to 2008’s memorable Prospect.1 art extravaganza.

New York philanthropist Toby Devan Lewis, who has provided seed money for both Prospect shows, used a surrealistically large scissors to snip a huge stuffed satin ribbon, created by New Orleans puppeteer Miss Pussycat, that gushed its confetti contents onto the grass. Five high school and middle school marching bands then wound their way into the park from different directions, playing a minimalist symphony by cutting-edge New York composer R. Luke DuBois.