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Friday Nights at NOMA: Music by Pardon My French | Orléans Collection Tour | Lecture: Viewing Art in 18th-Century Paris

January 25 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA returns for an exciting lineup of programs in 2019: 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, the Museum Shop, 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 Pardon My French
  • 6 pm: Gallery tour of The Orléans Collection with Curator Vanessa Schmid
  • 6:30 – 8 pm: Create Late (Advance registration required)
  • 6 – 8 pm: Interactive performance by Cristina Molina in Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art
  • 7 pm: “Viewing Art in 18th-Century Paris,” a lecture by Andrew McClellan in conjunction with The Orléans Collection


Pardon My French is a New Orleans-based band known for their repetoire of French classics and traditional cabaret tunes. With Pete Rozé on guitar, Joshua Gouzy on bass, Michael Ward Bergeman on accordion, and vocalist Caroline Fourmy, the band will transport you to days of yore in the clubs of Montmartre.


Exclusively for adults, kick off your weekend with a glass of wine and a paint brush! Unwind with a teaching artist-led art project while enjoying Friday Nights at NOMA programming.  $25/$30 per class NOMA member/nonmember. Email education@noma.org or call 504.658.4128 to reserve a seat.


At select intervals throughout the run of the exhibition Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art, New Orleans-based artist Cristina Molina will host a series of intimate guided tours of the exhibition in which she will assume the perspective of the earth, personified.

Drawing upon cultural mythologies of the underworld, Molina will guide museum visitors through a whispered exploration of the exhibition in which the different artworks in the exhibition constitute the topography of an imagined subterranean landscape. Inspired by the classical myth of Persephone, who was doomed to spend a third of the year in the underworld, Molina reimagines this mythological figure as an empowered goddess who harnesses the earth as a place of primordial cultural emergence. Spanning video installation, performance, photography, sculpture and textile design, Molina’s work privileges female protagonists to explore themes related to origins, heritage, and personal mythology, and how they work in concert with natural and urban landscapes.


Trained in European art of the early modern period (primarily 17th-early 19th centuries), Andrew McClellan has lectured and published widely on painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as the historiography and institutions of art. An overriding interest in contexts, institutional frameworks, and the reception of art led him to study the collecting and display of art and forms the basis of four of his books, Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (1999), Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium (2003),  The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao (2008), and The Art of Curating: Paul J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard (2018).

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.


January 25
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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