5-9 p.m. December 6, 2013


This Friday night at NOMA, stop by and get create your own masterpiece at our Art on the Spot activity table, enjoy and dance to the swinging music by The New Orleans Moonshiners, and stop at the bar for a cocktail or $1 PBR. Enjoy comedy tours by The New Movement, and don’t forget to take in all the surrounding art, from Japanese Edo-period paintings to the contemporary work of Camille Henrot and Lin Emery!

Also on view:

Photography at NOMA
Featuring masterpieces by photographers such as William Fox Talbot, André Kertész, and Edward Weston, Photography at NOMA: Selections from the Permanent Collection explores the museum’s extensive 10,000-work photography collection and demonstrates the city of New Orleans’ role in the history of photography. In the first comprehensive display of works from its collection since the 1970s, the exhibition includes 130 photographs spanning from the early 1840s to the present and created by some of the most recognizable names in the field, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Robert Frank, as well as by anonymous photographers.

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument
This exhibition explores the making of Gordon Parks’ first photographic essay for Life magazine in 1948, “Harlem Gang Leader.” After gaining the trust of one particular group of gang members and their leader, Leonard “Red” Jackson, Parks produced a series of photographs that are artful, poignant, and, at times, shocking. From this large body of work (Parks made hundreds of negatives) the editors at Life selected twenty-one pictures to print in the magazine, often cropping or enhancing details in the pictures in the process. Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument traces this editorial process and parses out the various voices and motives behind the production of the picture essay.

Friday night’s schedule:

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by The New Orleans Moonshiners
  • 6-8 p.m.: Reception with Museum Shop featured artist Susan Bergman
  • 6:30 and 8 p.m.: Comedic gallery tours by The New Movement

About Susan Bergman

Susan Bergman makes ceramic sculpture at Earth & Fire Studio in New Orleans. Susan’s work is often narrative, combining species and gestures as metaphors for human attitudes and emotions. Large rabbits, warthogs, birds, vegetables, and, more recently, pears, are some of her favorite muses. Her boxes may contain a surprise or story inside, while functional pieces incorporate a wide variety of three-dimensional flowers, fruits, and animal and plant life. Susan uses carving, sgraffito, and colored slips to tie together her designs.

About The New Movement

The New Movement opened in Austin, TX in February 2009 as a full time comedy conservatory. Founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson met in 2004 while taking improv classes in New Orleans and had long dreamed of running their own theater and conservatory. They later partnered with local improvisation powerhouse Stupid Time Machine to bring TNM back home. The New Movement has brought something new to the Austin and New Orleans Improv scene—a specific approach to the craft that couldn’t be found in a book or anywhere else in the country. The difference paid off as TNM attracted both eager rookies and veteran performers. The recent four-day Hell Yes Fest Comedy Festival, the largest in New Orleans history, is a perfect example of their blend of creating local talent and courting national performers.

With shows and classes running in Austin, Houston and New Orleans while maintaining a national presence with online material, frequent tours and festival appearances, The New Movement has joined an elite group of comedy collectives who maintain a strong presence in multiple cities and online.

About The Moonshiners

(photo courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection)

Only in New Orleans could a band like the Moonshiners come into being—a group of dedicated young musicians with one goal in mind: carrying on and building upon the tradition of New Orleans jazz. With a lineup of trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, banjo, upright bass, and drums, the New Orleans Moonshiners are as comfortable wailing a second-line parade down the street as they are charming a festival audience with classic Ellington arrangements.