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.



Blue Pearls


Alia Ali

Archival pigment print on cotton rag, mounted, UV laminated, frame upholstered by the artist in African Wax Print

48 x 36 x 2 3/5 inches

© Alia Ali, 2019

Ochre Waves


Alia Ali

Archival pigment print on cotton rag, mounted, UV laminated, frame upholstered by the artist in African Wax Print

48 x 36 x 2 3/5 inches

Museum Purchase, Carmen Donaldson Fund © Alia Ali

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



Radcliffe Bailey

Found fabric

70 x 72 1/2 in.

Promised Gift of Arthur Roger, © Radcliffe Bailey, 2016.132.3

If you feed a river


Diedrick Brackens

Museum purchase, Carmen Donaldson Fund, © Diedrick Brackens

They got a crush on him


Jonathan Lyndon Chase

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

© Jonathan Lyndon Chase

Grambling State University Drum Major 2


Keith Duncan

Acrylic on wallpaper mounted to canvas

Courtesy of the artist and Fort Gansevoort © Keith Duncan

Way Over There Inside Me (Ocean as a super throughway #4)


Torkwase Dyson

Graphite, acrylic, charcoal and ink on canvas

© Torkwase Dyson

Burnout in Shredded Heaven


Heidi Hahn

Oil on canvas

80 x 74 in.

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

An Improbable Concoction


Caroline Kent

Acrylic on unstretched canvas

Museum Purchase, Carmen Donaldson Fund, 2021.2, © Caroline Kent

A Sense of Memory


Ana Hernandez

Cast metal, found glass, found wood, found metal, found nails, steel wire, steel wool, oil pastel, wood stain on found wood panel in artist’s frame

60 x 41 x 14 in.

Museum purchase, © Ana Hernandez

Reconnaissance: Battle of New Orleans (Wreck of Hermes; Inception: After Magafan; King of Barataria)


Norah Lovell

Gouache on panels

Gift of Charles and Norah Lovell, 2020.21.1-3, © Norah Lovell

Red to Yellow Kill a Fellow


Pat Phillips

Acrylic, airbrush, aerosol paint on canvas

Promised Gift of Beth Rudin DeWoody, © Pat Phillip

The Past is a Foreign Country


Gabrielle Garcia Steib

Super 8 film and archival photographs, 5:26 (Ed. 1/3)

Proposed Museum Purchase, Image courtesy of the artist © Gabrielle Garcia Steib