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Friday Nights at NOMA: Tulane Maya Symposium | Music by Arpa Quartet | Sgraffito Workshop

Fri, March 9th, 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 Arpa Quartet
  • 6 – 7:15 pm: Keynote lecture for Tulane NOMA Symposium, Professor Matthew Restall discusses “The Bold and the Bellicose: Maya Warfare in the Conquest Era”
  • 7 – 9 pm: Maya Symposium Reception
  • 7 – 8:30 pm: Drawings in Clay: Sgraffito Technique Workshop with Rachael DePauw (SOLD OUT)


“The Blood Pooled, The Heads Piled Up: How the Maya Waged War” is theme of the fifteenth annual Tulane Maya Symposium. Professor Matthew Restall of Pennsylvania State University will deliver the keynote address at NOMA, titled “The Bold and the Bellicose: Maya Warfare in the Conquest Era.” Hosted by Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute in association with NOMA and the Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the lecture is open to all museum visitors.

Dr. Restall is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Colonial Latin American History at Pennsylvania State University. His areas of specialization include the histories of Mexico, Guatemala. and Belize, the Maya, Spanish Conquest, and Africans in Spanish America. As a recipient of NEH and Guggenheim fellowships, he has investigated Mexico’s indigenous and African past. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Maya World (1997), Maya Conquistador (1998), and Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest (2003).


The Arpa Quartet is a Latin jazz group based in New Orleans.


Join artist Rachael DePauw in a hands-on workshop exploring the sgraffito technique. DePauw will walk participants through the history of sgraffito and how she applies the technique in her own pottery practice. Under DePauw’s guidance, participants will then use the technique in creating their own works on tablets that will be fired at an off-site studio. Finished tablets will be available for pickup at a later date.

NOMA members: $50 | Nonmembers: $60. SOLD OUT

This workshop is presented in conjunction with Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection.

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 as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.


Fri, March 9th, 2018
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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