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Eleven international artists convey cultural identities in a variety of media, presenting histories that are often marginalized.

Bodies of Knowledge

Eleven international artists convey cultural identities in a variety of media, presenting histories that are often marginalized.

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Spanning eleven acres, the garden contains more than ninety works of art. Free and open seven days a week.

Explore the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden

Spanning eleven acres, the garden contains more than ninety works of art. Free and open seven days a week.

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Photographer Timothy Duffy adds new vitality to the antiquated tintype with portraits of American roots musicians.

Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse

Photographer Timothy Duffy adds new vitality to the antiquated tintype with portraits of American roots musicians.

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Exhibition explores 19th-century Western interpretations of Middle Eastern, North African, and East Asian cultures.

Orientalism: Taking and Making

Exhibition explores 19th-century Western interpretations of Middle Eastern, North African, and East Asian cultures.

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You Are Here exhibition questions sense of place in photography

You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place, on view through August 11, explores photographs of place, photographs in place, and photographs about place. The exhibition encourages visitors to think more deeply about how photography mediates their individual experience of the world and other people in it. Read More

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Bodies of Knowledge

on view through October 13th, 2019

Bodies of Knowledge brings together eleven international contemporary artists to reflect on the role that language plays in archiving and asserting our cultural identities. Working with materials that range from books and silent film to ink, ashes, and musical scores, these artists counter more staid and static ways of representing our collective pasts. Read More

You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place

on view through August 11th, 2019

This exhibition of works from NOMA’s permanent collection explores photography’s complicated relationship to the places it represents, the places in which it is created, and the places in which we experience it. Read More


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  • 17Wednesday

    Gallery Activation for 168:01 with artist Wafaa Bilal

    12pm - 3pm
    Artist Wafaa Bilal will visit NOMA to interpret his interactive installation 168:01 in the exhibition Bodies of Knowledge. The work comprises a large bookshelf filled with blank, white books which symbolizes the burning and looting of libraries in Baghdad during the 2003 American invasion of Iraq. Museum visitors are invited to transform the shelves from austere white to color by donating a book (for sale in the Museum Shop) that will be shipped to the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad at the closing of the exhibition. Read More
  • 17Wednesday

    Museum Highlights Tour

    1pm - 2pm
    NOMA docents guide visitors on hour-long tours of either the permanent collection or special exhibitions. Tours are free with NOMA admission. Meet in the Great Hall to join in. Read More
  • 17Wednesday

    Safar musical performance with Mahmoud Chouki and Steve Lands

    3pm - 4pm
    Throughout the run of Bodies of Knowledge, Mahmoud Chouki will create a new musical composition and series of site-specific performances for the exhibition, collectively titled Safar, that explore how music can speak across cultural divides to envision new forms of dialogue between East and West. Chouki will be joined by New Orleans-based trumpeter Steve Lands. Read More

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