The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) opened on December 16, 1911 owning just nine works of art. Today the museum has over 35,000 objects in its holdings. In celebration of its centennial year, the museum is featuring 110 new permanent collection pieces that were recently donated in honor of NOMA’s 100th birthday.
NOMA 100: Gifts for the Second Century Features Works by Anish Kapoor, Keith Sonnier, Matthew Barney, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Kathe Kollwitz, and Gabrielle Münter
NOMA 100 is the culmination of a five‐year acquisition project, celebrating the museum’s 100th anniversary with the exhibition of 110 newly acquired objects, ranging from a laminated color C‐print by American artist Matthew Barney to a seven‐foot long shark headdress from Nigeria. The exhibition, conceived by Director Emeritus John Bullard and trustee Anne Milling and on view from November 13, 2011 through January 22, 2012, reaffirms the museum’s commitment to collecting outstanding works and highlights the dedicated support of the museum’s benefactors.NOMA 100: Gifts for the Second Century is a celebration of the museum’s growing permanent collection and also marks a pivotal moment of transition with the new directorship of Susan Taylor.
“NOMA 100 is about telling stories: the story of the museum’s evolution from an eleven object collection to a wide‐ranging encyclopedic collection of over 35,000 works today; that of Director Emeritus John Bullard’s enthusiasm and tireless pursuit of extraordinary works; and the stories those works of art tell us about a culture, artist, and moment in time,” said Director Susan Taylor.
The exhibition features new works across a number of collection categories, including European Art before and after 1900, American Art, Asian, Pre‐Columbian and Native American, and African and Oceanic, and demonstrates artistic connections across medium, style, time periods, and cultures.
The exhibition is on view in the Ella West Freeman Galleries until January 22, 2012.
Scramble: Ascending Yellow Values, Descending Spectrum
Main Street in Murnau
The Joseph Jefferson Presentation Cup
Gorham Manufacturing Company
Hercules at the Crossroads
Diamond Dust Shoes
On a Sailboat
Royal Caryatid Stool
19th-early 20th century
Inverted Spiraling Tower
Louis Armstrong, Paris