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Friday Nights at NOMA: Screening of Shirin Neshat’s Looking for Oum Kulthum | Music by Joy Clark | Artful Palate cooking demonstration

Fri, August 2nd, 2019 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA features 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 drop-in activity table
  • 5 pm: “This is My America” screening of films created by high school students in partnership with NOVAC
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Joy Clark
  • 6 pm: Artful Palate cooking demonstration with Chef Chris Fite
  • 6:30 pm: Screening of Looking for Oum Kulthum


During a two-week intensive study program, ten high school students from metro New Orleans worked in partnership with Sundance Film Festival award-winning filmmaker Garrett Bradley, NOMA, and the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) to create films in conjunction with the exhibition Bodies of Knowledge. These short films will debut in Stern Auditorium. Garrett’s silent films, collectively titled America, are shown on continuous loop in the exhibition gallery.

As the longest-running media arts non-profit in the South, NOVAC provides education, training and resources for Louisiana’s independent filmmakers and storytelling communities. NOVAC also offers video production and digitizing services for the general public.


Joy Clark’s musical artistry feels like a warm, fresh twist on the fervently familiar. Her tranquil yet ardent original creations are a heady mix of her major influences. Think Tracy Chapman, Lizz Wright, Maxwell, Anita Baker, Stevie Nicks and Chris Eaton. Now add a bluesy bayou vibe with a splash of folk sensibility and a dash of alternative appeal, and you’ll understand why this homegrown New Orleans singer/ songwriter/guitarist transcends both age and the ordinary.

Having studied her self-taught craft since the age of 12, Joy truly embodies the bliss that comes with creating melodies and rhythms to celebrate peace and the undeniable power of love. Her music is often described as the essence of ease, upliftment, self-affirmation and sensitivity. It’s no wonder that she quickly rose to critical acclaim as a founding member of the disbanded Soulkestra. Joy has also performed with Water Seed, and living-legend Cyril Neville, and continues to enchant audiences throughout the Southern United States and around the world.


Café NOMA presents their eighth annual summertime Artful Palate series of cooking demonstrations at 6 pm with Café NOMA chef Chris Fite. He will prepare crepes de Norton. Chefs from other restaurants in the Ralph Brennan Group will continue the cooking classes in weeks to come through August 23 with dishes inspired by their culinary mentors, in tribute to the exhibition Bodies of Knowledge.


In conjunction with the exhibition Bodies of Knowledge, NOMA will screen movies by Iranian filmmaker Shirin Neshat as part of Friday Nights at NOMA programming. A film within a film, Neshat’s 2017 drama Looking for Oum Kulthum follows the plight of an Iranian woman artist/filmmaker named Mitra living in exile, as she embarks on capturing the life and art of the legendary female singer of the Arab world, Oum Kulthum. Through her difficult journey, not unlike her heroine’s, she has to face the struggles, sacrifices and the price that a woman has to pay if she dares to cross the lines of a conservative male dominated society. (2017 | Not rated | 1 hour, 30 minutes | Watch the trailer)

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, August 2nd, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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