NEW at NOMA: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art spotlights contemporary art recently purchased or gifted to the museum, focusing on works by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and female-identifying artists. The second in a series of exhibitions that began in 2017, NEW at NOMA reflects the museum’s ongoing commitment to make the art on its walls more reflective of the community that it serves. The installation, which will rotate over time, features work by local, national, and international artists, and champions the work of emerging and underrepresented voices, including those within New Orleans.

In 2020, NOMA dedicated its available acquisition funds to purchasing works by BIPOC artists; more than half of the 20 works acquired are by artists from or working in New Orleans. As NOMA strives to become even more equitable and inclusive, the museum’s commitment to addressing exclusions in the past by collecting through new acquisitions will continue through 2021 and beyond.



the trace, whether we are attending to it or not (a space for each other’s breathing)


Firelei Báez

Acrylic, oil, and transfer on archival printed canvas

90 x 114 3/8 in.

Museum purchase, Carmen Donaldson Fund, Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan, New York, Photo by Phoebe d’Heurle, © Firelei Báez

Black Mask


Wilmer Wilson

Single Channel Video

5:56 minutes

Museum purchase, © Wilmer Wilson IV, courtesy CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC

Maman Brigitte Maman’s Day


John Lister III

Mixed Media on wood panel

Gift of Stella Jones Gallery and the artist, 2021.102

They got a crush on him


Jonathan Lyndon Chase

Spray paint, acrylic, marker, oil, and glitter on muslin

© Jonathan Lyndon Chase



Danielle Mckinney

Acrylic on canvas

Gift of anonymous donor, 2022.47

Reconnaissance: Battle of New Orleans (Inception: After Magafan)


Norah Lovell

Gouache on panels

Norah Lovell (American, b. 1965), Reconnaissance: Battle of New Orleans (Inception: After Magafan), 2015, Gouache on panels, Gift of Charles and Norah Lovell, 2020.21.2

Column 3


Baseera Khan

Pink panther foamular, plywood, resin, dye, custom handmade silk rugs made in Kashmir

Museum Purchase, Carmen Donaldson Fund, 2021.80

Burnout in Shredded Heaven


Heidi Hahn

Oil on canvas

80 x 74 in.

Museum purchase with funds provided by Kevie Yang, © Heidi Hahn