Current Exhibitions

Stela of Nakhi, “Servant in the Place of Truth”, Offering to Osiris and Anubis

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt

on view through July 17th, 2022

Queen Nefertari’s Egypt brings to life the role of Nefertari and other powerful women in ancient Egypt through 230 exceptional objects, including statues, jewelry, vases, papyrus, steles, wooden coffins, and stone sarcophagi, as well as tools and various items of daily life from the artisan village of Deir-el-Medina, home to those who created the royal tombs. Read More

Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans

on view through April 23rd, 2023

Katherine Choy: Radical Potter in 1950s New Orleans mines New Orleans archives and gathers oral histories in the first monographic review of an artist that was celebrated by the 1950s American craft world. NOMA’s exhibition is the first presentation of Choy’s extraordinary ceramics in New Orleans since the artist’s Louisiana friends mounted the Katherine Choy Memorial Show at the Orleans Gallery in fall 1959. Read More

Anne Noggle: Herself

on view through February 12th, 2023

Trained as a pilot, Anne Noggle’s fearless and adventurous spirit is also seen in her second career as a photographer, curator, and educator. As an artist, Noggle often turned her camera to herself to document and explore the aging process for women. Read More

The Pursuit of Salvation: Jain Art from India

on view through October 9th, 2022

The Jain faith has been continuously practiced in India since at least the sixth century BCE. Nonviolence, a respect for all living beings, and the belief in the existence of a permanent soul whose true nature is obscured by accumulated karma are core principles of Jainism. Created over a period of more than fifteen hundred years — the second through nineteenth centuries — the sculptures, paintings, and manuscripts on view in this exhibition of works loaned from the collection of Dr. Siddharth Bhansali illuminate iconographic and stylistic change as well as regional variation.  Read More

Arte Sacra: Roman Catholic Art from Portuguese India

on view through October 9th, 2022

In the centuries following the arrival of Francis Xavier, a Catholic missionary, in 1542, the state of Goa in western India became the administrative and economic center of a Portuguese empire that extended west to Africa and east to Malaysia, China, and Japan. The vast trade networks established by the Portuguese and Spanish allowed not only for the spread of Christianity, but also an unprecedented artistic exchange within these colonial empires. This exhibition, from the collection of Dr. Siddharth Bhansali, reveals both the global influence of European seventeenth- and eighteenth-century styles, as well as the transformation of these styles in the hands of Indian artists creating a new visual tradition. Read More

Robert Polidori: Recollections

on view through July 31st, 2022

Robert Polidori: Recollections presents a selection of photographs from the largest private collection of prints by Robert Polidori (Canadian-American, born 1951). Read More

Ancestors in Stone

on view through July 10th, 2022

A recently acquired akwanshi stone monolith from the Cross River region of Nigeria forms the centerpiece of a focus exhibition featuring stone as a material used in ancestral veneration among West African cultures. Read More

Upcoming Exhibitions

Picture Man: Portraits by Polo Silk

on view starting July 16th, 2022

For more than three decades, Selwhyn Sthaddeus “Polo Silk” Terrell (American, born 1964) has been photographing Black New Orleans, creating a unique body of work that blends elements of portraiture, fashion, performance, and street photography. This exhibition explores how Polo Silk successfully blends all of those elements, while illustrating his role as an important part of photographic history. Read More


Past Exhibitions

Atomic Number Thirteen: Aluminum in 20th-Century Design

ended on April 17th, 2022

When chemists first successfully extracted aluminum from the earth in the mid-19th century, the raw element was as precious as gold. Today we take this ubiquitous material for granted, though aluminum allows for nearly every facet of modern life through its use in architecture, industry, and flight. This exhibition, drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, explores the changing role of aluminum in twentieth-century design. Read More


Exhibition Videos

Video: Egyptian Blue

Until the development of Egyptian blue—the first known synthetic pigment—ancient artisans would have used lapis lazuli from modern-day Afghanistan to produce blue pigment. Objects Conservator Ingrid Seyb gives a quick history of Egyptian blue and looks at a piece of this historic pigment that is on view in Queen Nefertari’s Egypt. Read More