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First Fridays at NOMA: Queens and Goddesses

Fri, April 1st, 2022 at 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

#ExploreNOMA after hours.

The museum is open late night for an evening packed with musical performances, gallery tours, and special pop-ups.

Each month, the museum presents First Fridays at NOMA, an after-hours inclusive programmatic mix of live DJs and bands; local creatives speaking about their favorite works of art; a range of performance and dance; and unique experiences of all kinds in response to art from across time and place.

Participants will meet artists, get creative, and immerse themselves in New Orleans’s creative community.

Queens and Goddesses | Friday, April 1

Take inspiration from Queen Nefertari’s Egypt and celebrate powerful women in every form. This special night features performances throughout the night from some of the city’s most celebrated female musicians, activities designed to unleash your internal feminine power, gallery talks throughout the museum, special appearances, and more.

Check out this month’s line-up below:

  • Late night access to the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition Queen Nefertari’s Egypt
  • Blessed Are the Piecemakers: a one-time-only musical collaboration between female musicians including Soukayna Jamali, Gabrielle Fischler, Jennie Brent, Emily Mikesell, Darianna Videaux Capitel, and Michelle Welchons; directed by Emily Fredrickson
  • 6:00–7:00 pm and 8:30–9:45 pm: A set from DJ Kuti
  • 7:00 pm: A pop-up performance from the Shimmy Shakti Dance Troupe
  • An art-making activity inspired by the night’s theme
  • A Queen Nefertari–themed menu and a full bar from Café NOMA*
  • Food from Queen on Wheels food truck*

$30 General Admission | $15 for Members

Buy Tickets

Because admission to Queen Nefertari’s Egypt is included with your ticket, you must select a timed ticket your visit. You’ll have access to the entire night’s events from 6 to 10 pm, but that selected time will be when you’re able to view this special exhibition. Even if you don’t plan to visit Queen Nefertari’s Egypt, you still need to select a time when checking out.

*Please note that food and drinks are not included in the ticket price. They are available for purchase directly from our partner vendors.

Blessed Are the Piecemakers

A celebration and meditation on the conception, creation, and birth of works of art created by women. Featuring Soukayna Jamali, Gabrielle Fischler, Emily Mikesell, Jennie Brent, Darianna Videaux Capitel, and Michelle Welchons; and directed by Emily Fredrickson.

DJ Kuti

Kuti is a DJ, radio show host, and graphic designer from New Orleans. She is also one half of the production duo Khromethesia. Take a stroll with her through all-time funk faves, classic boogie and global ear candy.

Shimmy Shakti Dance Troupe

Under the direction of Karla Marie, Shimmy Shakti Troupe is a New Orleans Belly Dance troupe that has been performing locally and nationally for over ten years. As members of a MENAHT (Middle Eastern, North African, Hellenic, and Turkish) Dance Troupe, we are always honored to share in events that celebrate diversity through culture, Art, Music, and Dance.

Karla Marie

Karla Marie is a grateful guest of the MENAHT dance community (Middle Eastern, North African, Hellenic, and Turkish), colloquially known as “belly dance.” Karla Marie specializes in Raqs Sharqi, Classical Egyptian and Egyptian Folklore, and MENAHT-influenced Fusion dance. A native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Karla Marie discovered belly dance in South Beach Miami, when Hurricane Katrina displaced her. The love affair began instantly. She has been belly dancing since 2005 and teaching since 2008. Although New Orleans is her home, Karla Marie travels to train with Egyptian and Lebanese Master teachers and performs around the country. She has become a world-renowned dancer and instructor with students reaching South Africa, Italy, France, and the US. She is the troupe director and choreographer of Shimmy Shakti and the Creator and Producer of Shimmy Soul: A New Orleans Belly Dance Experience.

Mahmoud Chouki

NOMA is pleased to work with internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki, who will organize musical performances for each First Fridays program in collaboration with museum staff.

First Fridays at NOMA is supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust through the PNC Charitable Trusts Grant Review Committee; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Fri, April 1st, 2022
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA, 70119