Trevor Schoonmaker, the artistic director of “Prospect.4,” near Jennifer Odem’s “Rising Tables,” an art installation on a bank of the Mississippi River. Credit William Widmer for The New York Times

"NEW ORLEANS — Trevor Schoonmaker was hopping in and out of Uber cars recently as he raced around this soulful Southern city helping artists finalize works for the fourth edition of Prospect New Orleans, which has turned the entire city into a giant multicultural gallery. “The installation is the best part — you’ve been talking about the work for so long, and you’re finally seeing it in person,” said Mr. Schoonmaker, the sneaker-clad artistic director of the exhibition, titled “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp,” on view through Feb. 25."

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