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Friday Nights at NOMA: Music by Neptune Steel Orchestra, Decorative Arts Gallery tour, Zen film

Fri, September 21st, 2018 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm.

  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Neptune Steel Orchestra of Louisiana
  • 6 pm: Gallery Talk with Curator Mel Buchanan in the newly reimagined Decorative Arts Galleries
  • 7 pm: Screening of Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter … and Spring


The distinctive percussive sounds of the Caribbean will fill NOMA’s Great Hall with a performance by the Neptune Steel Orchestra of Louisiana, a steelpan musical group initially comprised of expats from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of steelpan. The mission of NSOL is to provide and promote cultural diversity by offering the opportunity to learn, perform, and appreciate symphonic steelpan music.


Screened in conjunction with the exhibition Teaching Beyond Doctrine: Painting and Calligraphy by Zen Masters, from acclaimed Korean writer/director Kim Ki-Duk comes this exquisitely beautiful and award-winning human drama set on a tree-lined lake where a tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft. Under the vigilant eye of Old Monk (Yeong-su Oh), Child Monk learns a hard lesson about the nature of sorrow when some of his childish games turn cruel. In the intensity and lushness of summer, the monk, now a young man (Young-min Kim), experiences the power of lust, a desire that will ultimately lead him to dark deeds. With winter, the man atones for his past actions, and spring starts the cycle anew. With an extraordinary attention to visual detail, Kim has crafted an original yet universal story about the human spirit, moving from innocence, through love and evil, to enlightenment and finally rebirth. (2004 | Rated R | 1 hour, 42 minutes)

Prior to the screening, Abbot Richard Collins from the New Orleans Zen Temple will provide a 10-minute introduction.

Friday Nights at NOMA is supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust; 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.


Fri, September 21st, 2018
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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