The New Orleans-based Prospect Triennial has named Miranda Lash, a rising curator, as the artistic director of its 2024 edition.
Miranda Lash, who grew up in a Latinx household in California, will become one of the first women from her community to command a major US biennial. Speaking about her appointment as artistic director of Prospect.6 (the sixth edition of the Prospect Biennial), she said: “I am greatly looking forward to returning to New Orleans for Prospect.6. In many ways this is a homecoming, as New Orleans’ traditions, themes and artists have always influenced my practice. I find myself continuously returning to the lessons and inspiration given to me by this special place on a daily basis.”
Currently, Miranda Lash works as a senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver. There, she is currently engaged in a major survey on Tomashi Jackson, which is scheduled to open in 2023. Before her association with MoCA since 2020, she was a curator of contemporary art at Speed Art Museum between 2014-2020. Prior to that, Lash was a founding curator of contemporary and modern art at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Her connection to New Orleans was one of the reasons why Lash was selected for the role of artistic director. She had also served on the curatorial council of Prospect.4, the fourth edition of the triennial. In her career, Miranda Lash has curated the works of artists like Jason Moran, Keltie Ferris, Mel Chin and Rashaad Newsome. One of the highlights of her career was “Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art” in 2016, which she co-curated with Trevor Schoonmaker (who also organized Prospect.4 in 2017).