Current Exhibitions

Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival

on view through April 1st, 2018

Bror Anders Wikstrom arrived in New Orleans from Sweden by 1883 and is best remembered as a designer for elaborate Mardi Gras productions. Through the 1880s and 1890s, his fantastical designs elevated the extravaganza of Carnival. This exhibition includes watercolor sketches for parade floats and costumes, in a gallery near the Wikstrom-designed, mahogany cabinet from… Read More

Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

on view through February 25th, 2018

The international triennial Prospect.4 (P.4) is a citywide exhibition at venues across metro New Orleans. P.4 takes the city’s distinctive character as a point of departure to investigate global concerns. Work by seven artists will be showcased at NOMA. Read More

New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection

on view through May 13th, 2018

Ceramics have been made in Japan for over 15,000 years. For the first time in over twenty years, NOMA will present an exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics. New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection will showcase selected works by masters of the medium. Read More

Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection

on view through May 13th, 2018

In the 20th-century, remarkably creative American potters evolved clay into an expressive art form, free from the confines of function or industrial production. Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection showcases the collection of John Bullard, NOMA’a director emeritus, a promised gift to the New Orleans Museum of Art. This exhibition and catalogue chart the major figures in handmade, studio pottery from 1940 to the end of the 20th century. Read More

Orientalism: Taking and Making

on view through December 31st, 2018

This installation, drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, addresses shades of oppression, racism, and superficial cultural understanding layered in 19th-century Orientalist paintings, photographs, and decorative arts. Read More

Upcoming Exhibitions

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes

on view starting February 21st, 2018

Experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by avant-garde fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Gucci, and Iris van Herpen investigate symbols of womanhood and challenge conventional notions of beauty. More than 100 articles of daring fashion are presented in a dramatic gallery design that explores eight archetypal personality types. Read More


Past Exhibitions

African Art: The Bequest from the Françoise Billion Richardson Charitable Trust

ended on November 6th, 2017

NOMA is proud to present a selection of African art from the bequest of the Françoise Billion Richardson Charitable Trust. Françoise was the individual most responsible for the development and success of the museum’s sub-Saharan African collection, through her encouragement, assistance and unwavering enthusiasm over the years. Françoise endowed NOMA’s curatorship for African art, established an African art purchase fund and funded the building of the present African galleries, which are named for her parents, on NOMA’s third floor. Read More


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