Press Releases

East Meets West at Art in Bloom 2020: Beauty, Ingenuity, and Tradition, Presented by IBERIABANK March 26-29

Art in Bloom, the most anticipated springtime events in New Orleans, returns to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) from March 26-29. With this year’s theme of Beauty, Ingenuity, and Tradition, Art in Bloom showcases spectacular floral designs created by over 100 exhibitors that remain on display at NOMA for four days. Art in Bloom: Beauty, Ingenuity, and Tradition is presented by IBERIABANK.  Read More

Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought | 15 Paintings for the Plantationocene

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought | 15 Paintings for the Plantationocene, on view January 24 through April 19, 2020. These compositions, specifically created for the solo exhibition, examine the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of the current age, often characterized as the plantationocene.  Read More

NOMA awarded $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the New Orleans Museum of Art a $1 million grant to support the planning and staffing of a new conservation initiative. The funds awarded by The Mellon Foundation will support the establishment of a conservation center at NOMA, and create two new museum positions in the areas of object conservation including outdoor sculpture, and photography conservation. Read More

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

On view March 13 through June 7, 2020, Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon showcases the broad range of bronzes, ceramics, and metalwork assembled by John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906–1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992) between the 1940s and the 1970s. With highlights including Chinese vases, Indian Chola bronzes, and Southeast Asian sculptures, the collection reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. Read More

NOMA’s Greenwood Parlor, Reimagined | Museum reinstallation of pristine parlor honors all lives lived at Greenwood Plantation

The New Orleans Museum of Art announces the permanent installation of The Greenwood Parlor, now on view. In 2014, NOMA acquired the parlor furnishings from Greenwood Plantation, today called Butler-Greenwood, in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The 1850s/60s parlor suite assembled by Harriet Flower Mathews (1794-1873) survives with original textiles and rich documentation. After careful conservation, the parlor is one of the South’s best preserved examples of a pre-Civil War interior. In this installation, NOMA takes thoughtful steps to present the parlor’s story and recognize all the lives lived at Greenwood Plantation—Harriet Mathews, her family, and, equally, the enslaved men, women, and children whose labor created their wealth.  Read More

Portrait Miniatures: Intimate Images from the Latter-Schlesinger Collection

The New Orleans Museum of Art presents the museum’s Latter-Schlesinger Collection of Portrait Miniatures. Cradled in the palm of the hand or worn close to the heart, portrait miniatures were never intended for public consumption, but rather, functioned as personal tokens of affection, love, or memorial. Drawing from NOMA’s permanent collection, the installation of more than 100 portrait miniatures is now on view in the Lupin Foundation Decorative Arts Galleries on the museum’s second floor. Read More

Regina Agu: Passage | A Site-Specific Installation at NOMA

The New Orleans Museum of Art presents Regina Agu: Passage, an immersive, site-specific installation created by contemporary artist Regina Agu, on view November 22, 2019 through February 10, 2020. Inspired by the historical form of the panorama, Agu’s 100-foot-long installation weaves together imagery of waterways across Louisiana in an effort to explore how the landscapes, people and histories of the region are connected by and through water. Agu’s installation is created to coincide with Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana, the first major exhibition on Louisiana landscape painting in more than 40 years, on view November 16, 2019 through January 26, 2020. Read More

NOMA presents Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane in partnership with IBERIABANK, 53rd annual event takes place on November 15, 2019

On Friday, November 15, 2019, the New Orleans Museum of Art celebrates Odyssey 2019: Mystère Louisiane presented by IBERIABANK. Now in its 53rd year, the premier event of the New Orleans gala season raises funds to support NOMA’s nationally-recognized exhibitions and educational programs, which bring more than 300,000 annual visitors to the museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Read More

Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana

Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana, on view from November 16, 2019, through January 26, 2020, explores the rise of landscape painting in Louisiana during the 19th century, revealing its role in creating—and exporting—a new vision for American landscape art that was vastly different than that to be found in the rest of the United States. Read More