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20 Questions

My NOLA: 20 Questions with Ylva Rouse

Wildflowers, 2017Collage with Japanese papers and watercolor paint inches. Photo courtesy: Artist and Praxis Gallery, New York

Prospect New Orleans is a contemporary art triennial with exhibits all over the city. Featured exhibitions include the works of local, national, and international artists in a uniquely New Orleans setting. Prospect.4 (P.4) opens to the public on Saturday, November 18 and runs through February 25, 2018. The timing aligns with the New Orleans Tricentennial celebrations, so P.4 places special emphasis on art of the Global South, including North America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and the region’s European colonial history.

Ylva Rouse, Prospect.4’s Interim Director (photo: Craig Mulcahy)

We spoke to Ylva Rouse, who is serving as Prospect’s Interim Director during P.4. She has been part of the Prospect team from the very beginning, when Founding Director Dan Cameron asked her to be a part of the team.

“I was living in Spain and thought, ‘It must be fate!,’” she said. “Which brought me back to the city where I was born.”

When asked what she was looking forward to during Prospect.4, Ylva said “I’m particularly excited to bring our visitors to the river, as for the first time we have artwork in Crescent Park, on the streetcars of the Riverside Line, on the Algiers Ferry and installed in Algiers Point.”

She also recommends those visiting for P.4 begin their journey at the Welcome Center at 750 Carondelet Street to get oriented. Ylva share her favorites things about New Orleans, as well as tips on things to see and do, below.

Louis Armstrong Gems from Buenos, c. 1960. Reel-to-reel tape box collage containing photographs and Scotch tape. Photo: Louis Armstrong House Museum.

20 Questions with Ylva Rouse

1. Who is your favorite New Orleanian, dead or alive, real or imagined?

My father. He was an uptown boy, grew up on Burthe Street, and was recruited from Tulane to work for NASA on the moon landing.

2. What first brought you to New Orleans?

Touro Infirmary, where I was born.

3. In your opinion – what’s the best neighborhood in New Orleans?

I love Faubourg St. John, where I live, for its diversity and neighborhood feel. You can often find me at the CC’s on Esplanade with my neighbors.

4. If it’s a beautiful day, where are you going to spend it?

Sailing on Lake Pontchartrain.

5. Describe the best meal you’ve eaten in New Orleans.

Still Commander’s Palace brunch.

6. Where’s your favorite brunch spot?

Currently Paladar 511 in the Marigny.

7. What’s your favorite type of po-boy? Where do you get it?

Oyster Po’Boy well-dressed at Parkway Tavern.

8. You’ve got friends visiting, and it’s their first time in New Orleans – where are you taking them?

To the levee in Holy Cross for a spectacular sunset on the river.

9. What’s your favorite neighborhood bar?

R Bar on Royal St.

10. What is your favorite New Orleans cocktail, and where do you go to get it?

Pimm’s Cup at Napoleon House.

11. What’s your favorite dessert or sweet treat in the city?

Anything from Shake Sugary on St. Claude.

12. Best spot to see live music?

Jazz Fest is my favorite place to hear music, rain or shine!

13. Favorite New Orleans musician or band?

Louis Armstrong—I am so excited that Prospect.4 will include collages made by Louis Armstrong being shown for the first time ever in New Orleans at the Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.

14. Favorite New Orleans festival?

Prospect! Every three years our city-wide triennial of contemporary art packs the city with artwork and artists, the city never feels as alive with creative energy!

15. What’s your ideal New Orleans date night?

Bike Ride with my partner along the river, ending at one of the great restaurants in the Marigny.

16. What are your favorite local shops?

I love all the incredible farmer’s markets throughout the city.

17. What is your favorite New Orleans museum?

I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work closely with all the great institutions in our city. Parts of Prospect.4 will be at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Jazz Museum at the Old U.S. Mint.

18. Where do you go to watch The Saints play?

Watching the Saints is best at home!

19. Describe New Orleans in one word.

Celebration.

20. When was the last time you fell in love with New Orleans, and why?

Everytime I come back from travelling – the smell as you come out from the terminal, the ride into town with WWOZ on the radio, and the accent that greets you.

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