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NOMA Presents Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans, on view now through April 23, 2023. An innovative artist in a number of mediums, Katherine Choy (American, b. China 1927–1958) developed radical ceramic work that was distinctively her own. In her short mid-1950s career in New Orleans, Choy was a national leader in evolving ceramics from utilitarian objects into the purview of expressive fine art. Read More

NOMA Announces Acquisition of Wangechi Mutu’s Crocodylus

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) announces the acquisition of Crocodylus, a sculpture by Kenyan-American artist Wangechi Mutu. A gift of Sydney and Walda Besthoff, Crocodylus is the newest addition to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, and the last acquisition by the garden patrons before the passing of Sydney Besthoff in February 2022. The sculpture was first on view from November 2021 to January 2022 in New Orleans’ Crescent Park as part of Prospect.5.  Read More

Educator Guide for Queen Nefertari’s Egypt

This Educator Guide for Queen Nefertari’s Egypt includes sections highlighting five major exhibition themes pertaining to life and death during the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt. Images of works of art from the collection of the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy, are included. Making Connections questions throughout the guide invite comparison between ancient Egypt and today. The packet includes pre- and post-visit lessons that can be adapted across grade levels. Read More

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt Highlights Ancient Egyptian Masterpieces

The New Orleans Museum of Art presents Queen Nefertari’s Egypt, on view March 18–July 17, 2022. As the favorite wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II (reigned 1279–13 BCE), Queen Nefertari had significant diplomatic and religious roles before her death in c. 1250 BCE, and she is linked to some of the most magnificent monuments of ancient Egypt. Artifacts presented in Queen Nefertari’s Egypt provide an extensive look into the power and influence of women during the New Kingdom period (c. 1539-1075 BCE), when Egyptian civilization was at its height.  Read More

Souvenirs of Earth: Responses to Dawn DeDeaux at NOMA

Souvenirs of Earth invites us all to consider what object we might take with us if forced to flee the Earth. Begun in 2014 by artist Dawn DeDeaux, Souvenirs of Earth responds to the increasing urgency of climate change, by asking us to confront the growing threat of humanity’s extinction. Over time, the project has evolved into a community portrait of loss and survival including everything from seeds and raw earth to postcards of famous paintings, frayed books, models of famous monuments and historical sites, ashes, and knots of hair.  Read More

NOMA Announces First Inaugural Creative Assembly Cohort

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), with the generous support of the Wagner Foundation, announces the 2021–2022 Creative Assembly Cohort, a multidisciplinary group of New Orleans-based creators selected to engage with the institution in a year-long exchange of ideas and inspiration. The Creative Assembly Cohort is comprised of a selection of creative minds who will immerse themselves within the museum’s collection and use the institution as a catalyst for their own work and creativity. Read More

NOMA Awarded Curatorial Intern Grant from the Decorative Arts Trust

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) has been announced as the Decorative Arts Trust’s 2022–2024 Curatorial Internship partner. The significant grant, awarded from the Decorative Arts Trust, will support a two-year Curatorial Fellow who will learn about the responsibilities of the curatorial field while working with the NOMA’s esteemed Decorative Arts and growing Design collection, focusing specifically in the area of glass. Read More

Help Keep Us All Safe

NOMA’s primary concern is the health of our visitors, staff, and community. Effective today, January 1, visitors to the museum age 12+ are required to show proof of two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), or negative results of a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of your visit. Visitors ages 5–11 are required to show proof of one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine or negative results of a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of your visit. Read More

NOMA Celebrates Our 110th Birthday!

On December 16, 1911, the museum opened as the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art with a permanent collection of just nine works of art. Now, the museum holds over 40,000 objects, including extensive collections in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works. Additionally, NOMA is home to the twelve-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which showcases over 90 monumental sculptures within the lush landscape of City Park. Read More

NOMA’s Teen Art Council Visits Dawn DeDeaux at Camp Abundance

On a chilly November evening, members of the Teen Art Council (TAC) gathered under string lights on the patio at Camp Abundance, an artist residency and special event compound headed by artist and most generous host Dawn DeDeaux. DeDeaux’s retrospective exhibition The Space Between Worlds, currently on view at NOMA, has served as the focus of the TAC’s year thus far, fueling explorations in the galleries, conversations with NOMA staff members, and an upcoming creative offering for New Orleans teens. Read More