Upcoming Exhibitions

Timothy Duffy: Blue Muse

on view starting April 26th, 2019

Timothy Duffy creates one-of-a-kind direct positive tintype portraits of American musicians using an American photography process that goes back to the nineteenth-century. Despite the importance of these musicians and the national legacy they represent, they remain little known, often outpaced by other popular performers who have built their own careers on top of the “roots” of these musicians and their ancestors. Read More

You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place

on view starting April 26th, 2019

This exhibition of works from NOMA’s permanent collection explores photography’s complicated relationship to the places it represents, the places in which it is created, and the places in which we experience it. Read More

Bodies of Knowledge

on view starting June 29th, 2019

Bodies of Knowledge brings together ten international contemporary artists to reflect on the role that language plays in archiving and asserting our cultural identities. Working with materials that range from books and silent film to ink, ashes and musical scores, ten artists propose language as a living and ever-evolving document that can counter more staid and static ways of representing our collective pasts. Read More

Current Exhibitions

Inspired by Nature | Japanese Art from the Permanent Collection

on view through June 9th, 2019

The arts of Japan are inseparably associated with nature, whether through themes and subjects associated with seasonal change or through the shape, material, and decoration of objects. This installation focuses on flower and bird subjects, a particularly popular theme during the Edo (1615–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods and one that continues to find enduring resonance in the modern era. Read More


Past Exhibitions

Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain

ended on March 31st, 2019

Against the Grain marks the first solo museum presentation of the experimental wood works of the American artist Mildred Thompson (1936-2003) in more than thirty years. Made during the artist’s self-imposed exile in Europe, Thompson’s wood pictures are only recently being rediscovered and presented in the United States. Read More


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