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Book Club Discussion | Sand, Ash, Heat: Glass at the New Orleans Museum of Art Exhibition Catalogue

Thu, October 17th at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The NOMA Book Club meets monthly to discuss fiction and non-fiction books related to art in NOMA’s collection and exhibitions. It is an informal group open to anyone on a month-to-month basis. In addition to monthly book discussions, the book club meets periodically for curatorial programs related to the book selections. You do not have to attend every meeting or read every book to join.

Book selections are inspired by the museum’s exhibition schedule. Participants are expected to procure their own copies. Selections are also available at the NOMA Museum Shop, where museum members receive a 10% discount.

Meetings are held in person or via Zoom. All meetings begin at 12 pm.

For information or questions about the NOMA Book Club, please email kmccurdy@noma.org.

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October 2024

Book Club Discussion | Thursday, October 17, 12 pm

Sand, Ash, Heat: Glass at the New Orleans Museum of Art edited by Mel Buchanan

Sand, Ash, Heat: Glass at the New Orleans Museum of Art explores how this material has inspired innovation in the arts and science from ancient civilizations to today. Featuring an expansive range of work drawn from NOMA’s exceptional glass collection, the exhibition will connect works throughout the museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden, showcasing the many forms and artistry of glass work from Egyptian pieces to contemporary works, including a new major acquisition by Fred Wilson and commissions from Sharif Bey. The exhibition presents a variety of perspectives on how glass is connected to histories of scientific discovery, foodways, and artistic innovation, and the accompanying catalogue highlights the perspectives of a glass artist, a laboratory scientist, a member of New Orleans’ tradition of Black Masking Indians, and a sculpture conservator, alongside those of historians and curators.



Education and outreach initiatives at NOMA are supported in part by the Zemurray Foundation; the Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation; The Helis Foundation; The Gayle and Tom Benson Foundation; The City of New Orleans; IBERIABANK; The Wagner Foundation; Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack; the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative, funded by the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation; Sara and David Kelso; Patrick F. Taylor Foundation;  Dr. Scott S. Cowen; The RosaMary Foundation; The Azby Fund; the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency; The Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation; Burkenroad Foundation; Marian Dreux Van Horn Education Endowment; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation;  Ruby K. Worner Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee; The Harry T. Howard III Foundation; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.; Harvey and Marie Orth; The Bruce J. Heim Foundation; and Mrs. Bennett A. Molter, Jr. This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 


Thu, October 17th
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA, 70119