Project: Home Court Crawl/Blights Out

Lisa Sigal’s project, Home Court Crawl/Blights Out is an installation and program presented in partnership with Prospect New Orleans. Creating temporary architectural interventions in four New Orleans neighborhoods—St. Roch, Gentilly, Hollygrove and Mid-City—Sigal will install Tyvek paintings that incorporate lines and stage directions from Suzan Lori-Parks’ play 365 Days/ 365 Plays on the façades of blighted homes. The installation will be accompanied by a programmatic schedule created with Junebug Productions, a local theater troupe, and community members to “perform architecture.” Working with a team of local, national and international advisors, Home Court Crawl/Blights Out will continue by observing the NORA auction process (Fall 2014); share architecture, design, and urban planning fundamentals (Winter 2014-15); bid on a blighted property (Spring 2015); compose a design and programmatic proposal (Summer 2015); build-out the space (Fall 2015); and implement the community’s programmatic vision through crowd-sourced curricula for cultural, social and research-based programming (Spring 2016-onwards). The first phase of Home Court Crawl/Blights Out will be presented during Prospect.3: Notes for Now by Sigal, and the second phase of Blights Out will be jointly organized with activist and curator Imani Jacqueline Brown and local artist Carl Joe Williams.

Awardee: Lisa Sigal

Visual Arts, 2012

Lisa Sigal was born in Philadelphia, PA. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, Ar Matters Grant in 2012, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the Elizabeth Foundation Grant in 1998. Her work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and has been exhibited at the New Museum, PS1, Sculpture Center, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Albright Knox, the Brooklyn Museum, the Essl Museum in Vienna, a recent solo exhibit at LAX ART space in Los Angeles and at Samson Projects in Boston. Upcoming shows include Prospect.3 New Orleans Biennial and “Walden,“ at the DeCordiva Sculpture Park and Museum. In her recent work, Sigal has been painting on walls and making forms that combine painting with architecture. Her work suggests a mutable delineation between interior and exterior and explores their meaning both socially and politically. Utilizing and expanding upon notions of space, she investigates how art can challenge set ideas about property, containment and freedom. Sigal received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1985 and an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 1989. Sigal lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.