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Wang Qingsong creates elaborately staged large-format photographs that focus on the dramatic social, political, and cultural changes in China in the post-Mao era.

New in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden

New in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Thomas J Price’s Time Unfolding is the first of three new additions in celebration of the garden’s 20th anniversary.

 

Taylor Family Day

Taylor Family Day

Celebrating students’ accomplishments in the Taylor Scholar program, students and their families are invited to a special day of activities.

20 YEARS OF THE BESTHOFF SCULPTURE GARDEN

20 YEARS OF THE BESTHOFF SCULPTURE GARDEN

Celebrate 20 years of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden with a year-long celebration of events and more.

NOMA BOOK CLUB PICK

NOMA BOOK CLUB PICK

Join the NOMA Book Club on Thursday, June 20, to discuss Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah.

This major solo exhibition of work by Wangechi Mutu brings together nearly one hundred sculptures, paintings, collages, drawings, and films to present the breadth of the Kenyan–American artist’s multidisciplinary practice.

Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined

This major solo exhibition of work by Wangechi Mutu brings together nearly one hundred sculptures, paintings, collages, drawings, and films to present the breadth of the Kenyan–American artist’s multidisciplinary practice.

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This exhibition highlights some of the most pioneering African artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the museum’s collection.

Afropolitan: Contemporary African Arts at NOMA

This exhibition highlights some of the most pioneering African artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in the museum’s collection.

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This exhibition explores the unique methods in which the South, in particular New Orleans, dealt with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned alcohol in the United States.

Rebellious Spirits: Prohibition and Resistance in the South

This exhibition explores the unique methods in which the South, in particular New Orleans, dealt with the passage of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned alcohol in the United States.

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Drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, works by Ilse Bing, Ruth Bernhard, Lola Alvarez-Bravo, Carlotta M. Corpron, Florence Henri, and Lee Miller illustrate ways that women pushed the boundaries of surrealist art.

Double Space: Women Photographers and Surrealism

Drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, works by Ilse Bing, Ruth Bernhard, Lola Alvarez-Bravo, Carlotta M. Corpron, Florence Henri, and Lee Miller illustrate ways that women pushed the boundaries of surrealist art.

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You still have a few weeks to catch “Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined” at NOMA! ✨⁠

Organized by the @newmuseum in New York, the exhibition traces connections between recent developments in Mutu’s sculptures and her decades-long exploration of the legacies of colonialism, globalization, and African and diasporic cultural traditions.⁠

“Wangechi Mutu: Intertwined” brings together nearly one hundred sculptures, paintings, collages, drawings, and films to present the breadth of the Kenyan–American artist’s multidisciplinary practice from the mid-1990s to today.⁠

The exhibition is on view at the museum and in NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden through Sunday, July 14.⁠

🔗 Click the link in our bio to learn more.
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A gifted watercolorist, Tayo Adenaike uses color as form to evoke feelings of fluid movement, fusing uli body and wall designs found amongst Ìgbò communities with his own Yorùbá background.⁠

Based on personal reflections, political commentaries, scenes from everyday life, portraits, and animal forms, Adenaike’s work is topical and at times deeply personal, with subconscious elements.⁠

In this work, for example, human faces appear distorted, melding into and out of one another and appearing to join with cosmic circular elements. Adenaike is also one of a significant group of Nigerian artists revitalizing uli in the 1970s called “Nsukka” for their association with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka’s art school.⁠

Nsukka is especially known for incorporating the geometric, animal,and vegetable motifs of uli into contemporary art using media such as acrylic paint, tempera, gouache, pen and ink, and pastel and oil. Such a symbolic visual vocabulary offered apowerful vehicle for creative inspiration and self-expression in a dramatically changing post-independence Nigeria. ⁠

This 1992 painting, titled "His Breath Made Man" is on view in "Afropolitan: Contemporary African Arts at NOMA."⁠
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🎨: Tayo Adenaike, "His Breath Made Man" (detail), 1992. Watercolor on white wove paper. Gift of the Metropolitan Art Guild, 93.272.⁠
📍Second floor, The Helis Foundation Gallery
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Have you seen the newest installation in the Great Hall? 👀🏛️⁠

One of the most important artists in the history of New Orleans, John T. Scott is renowned globally for his brightly colored and precisely balanced kinetic sculptures that draw from African American, African, and European traditions.⁠

Scott worked in a variety of media, including monumental prints like those on display here from the artist’s series "Blues Poem for the Urban Landscape." Several of these prints were included in Scott’s 2005 retrospective exhibition at NOMA, and all are now part of the museum’s permanent collection.⁠

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🎨: John T. Scott, "Blues Poem for Urban Landscape: Food Store" (detail), 2003. Woodcut on Coventry white wove paper, from an edition of eight. Gift of Ashley and Timothy Francis, 2005.66.⁠
📍: First floor, Great Hall
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See you at our next book club discussion on Thursday, June 20, when the group will discuss Oscar Hokeah’s novel “Calling for a Blanket Dance.” 📚⁠

Every month, NOMA’s book club meets to discuss fiction and non-fiction books related to art in NOMA’s collection and exhibitions.⁠

Visit noma.org/read to sign up and stop by the @nomamuseumshop to pick up a copy. Museum members receive 10% off their purchase in the shop.
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Born #OnThisDay in 1899, influential photojournalist Arthur H. Fellig—better known as #Weegee—remains one of the few photographers to achieve simultaneous success in both the popular news media and the arts community.⁠

His achievement depended upon providing access to the inaccessible, including the locked compartments of police precincts. Through charm and persistence, Weegee obtained permission to install a police radio in his car, where he also set up a fully functional darkroom. Fully mobile, Weegee was often the first to arrive at a scene, even before the police. ⁠

In this photograph, Weegee clinically records the contents of a holding cell, possibly the drunk tank, with bodies so haphazardly arranged that at first it seems as if the viewer has stumbled upon something far more nefarious.⁠

The harsh flashbulb illumination of the scene silhouettes the oddly posed leg like a punctuation mark against the smooth, reflective concrete surface behind it.⁠
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🎨: Weegee (Arthur H. Fellig), "Inside Jail Cell," c. 1940. Gelatin silver print. Gift of the Rittvo Family, 2002.71.
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