Press Releases

After a Three-Year Hiatus, LOVE in the Garden Presented by Hancock Whitney Returns to NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden

The New Orleans Museum of Art welcomes Laura Ochoa Rincon as the Decorative Arts Trust Curatorial Fellow. Beginning this month, the two-year position is funded by a significant grant from the Decorative Arts Trust to support an emerging curator working with NOMA’s esteemed decorative arts and growing design collection, focusing specifically in the area of glass. Read More

New Orleans Museum of Art Mounts Major Exhibition Examining the Impact of Black American Studio Photographers on the History of the Medium and Black American Culture

NOMA announces Called to the Camera: Black American Studio Photographers, a major exhibition focusing on the artistic virtuosity, social significance, and political impact of Black American photographers working in commercial portrait studios during photography’s first century and beyond. Read More

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

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

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

NOMA Presents Career Retrospective for Acclaimed New Orleans Artist Dawn DeDeaux

The New Orleans Museum of Art presents Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds, the first comprehensive museum exhibition for the pioneering multimedia artist Dawn DeDeaux, on view October 22, 2021 through January 23, 2022. One of the first American artists to connect questions about social justice to emerging environmental concerns, DeDeaux’s art responds to an uncertain future imperiled by runaway population growth, breakneck industrial development, and the imminent threat of climate change. Read More