Past Exhibitions

Ancestors and Descendants

ended on October 24th, 2010

In collaboration with Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI) and Latin American Library (LAL), the exhibition offered a special glimpse of the Tulane archive featuring over 100 objects from Pepper’s personal Native American art collection as well as over 100 photographic images Pepper, a museum ethnologist and scholar, used as visual complements to his lectures the textiles, pottery, baskets, and other Pueblo and Navajo paraphernalia. Read More

Swamp Tours: Exploring the Louisiana Contemporary Collection

ended on August 29th, 2010

New Orleans Museum of Art curators William Fagaly and Miranda Lash set out on a journey to discover little-known works by notable contemporary Louisiana artists in the Museum’s collection. The result is 27 rarely seen treasures in an exhibition called Swamp Tours, that was on view at NOMA from June 2 to August 29, 2010. Read More

Beyond the Blues

ended on July 11th, 2010

This multi-faceted project illuminated the contributions of African American artists over the past 125 years with 100 paintings, works on paper, sculpture and pertinent selections from the personal papers of the artists of the Amistad Research Center. Read More

Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park

ended on May 2nd, 2010

Widely known for multimedia performances in music clubs and alternative art spaces over the past 15 years, Quintron and Miss Pussycat have inspired audiences around the world with their innovative approach to puppetry and organ-based music. Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park was the artists’ first museum exhibition Read More

Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studios

ended on March 14th, 2010

From November 15, 2009 to March 14, 2010, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presented Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio, a major exhibition featuring more than 600 rarely seen original artworks that brought legendary fairy tales to the screen, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Read More

Käthe Kollwitz: Graphics from the Jean Stein Collection

ended on March 14th, 2010

From November 15, 2009, to March 14, 2010, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presented a new exhibition of prints and drawings by one of Germany’s greatest 20th century artists, Käthe Kollwitz: Graphics from the Jean Stein Collection. Read More

William Woodward: An American Impressionist in New Orleans

ended on February 28th, 2010

Drawing from the holdings of both institutions, the exhibition featured more than 70 paintings, etchings, sculpture and ephemera related to Woodward’s life and works. A native of Massachusetts, Woodward came to New Orleans in the 1880s to teach fine arts, mechanical drawing and architectural drawing at Tulane University. Read More

Skylar Fein: Youth Manifesto

ended on January 3rd, 2010

Fall 2009, the New Orleans Museum of Art presented Skylar Fein: Youth Manifesto, the first solo museum exhibition of work by the New Orleans-based artist Skylar Fein. Focusing on youth culture, rock and roll, Americana and advertising, Youth Manifesto_tackled the pervasive power and symbiotic relationship between rock music and consumerism. The high-energy exhibition was comprised entirely of new work, including painting, sculpture, video and screen prints. Read More

The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography

ended on October 11th, 2009

From May 16 to October 11, 2009 the New Orleans Museum of Art presented The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, a major exhibition of more than 200 works exploring the moments that shape our being, from intimate memories to historic tragedies. Read More

Objects of Desire: Faberge from the Hodges Family Collection

ended on January 18th, 2009

OBJECTS OF DESIRE: Fabergé from the Hodges Family Collection featured sculpture, jewels, smoking accessories, scientific instruments and other precious objects by Peter Carl Fabergé, and was on view from November 9, 2008 through January 18, 2009. Read More

Upcoming Exhibitions

Regina Agu: Passage

on view starting November 22nd, 2019

Passage is an immersive, site-specific installation created for the New Orleans Museum of Art by contemporary artist Regina Agu and marks her first solo museum show. Inspired by the historical form of the panorama, Agu’s 100-foot-long installation weaves together imagery of waterways from across Louisiana to consider how the landscapes, people, and histories of the region are connected by and through water. Created to coincide with Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana, an exhibition of nineteenth-century landscape paintings, Agu’s project mines histories of landscape painting to explore the unique social and political geographies of the Gulf Coast. This installation was created in partnership with A Studio in the Woods, through an artist residency. Read More

Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought | 15 Paintings for the Plantationocene

on view starting January 24th, 2020

Produced for the New Orleans Museum of Art, this new series of fifteen paintings by Torkwase Dyson are inspired by the design systems of architecture, water infrastructure, the oil and gas industry, and the physical impact of global warming. The exhibition also examines the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of our current age, which many characterize as the “plantationocene.” Read More

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

on view starting March 13th, 2020

Nearly seventy of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States, collected by John D. Rockeller 3rd and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller between the 1940s and ’70s, will be showcased in an exhibition on loan from the Asia Society Museum. The extraordinary range of bronzes, ceramics, and metalwork reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. Read More

Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds

on view starting October 2nd, 2020

Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds is the first comprehensive museum exhibition for the pioneering multimedia artist Dawn DeDeaux. Since the 1970s, DeDeaux’s practice has spanned video, performance, photography, and installation to create art that exists at the edge of the Anthropocene. Anticipating a future imperiled by the runaway population growth, breakneck industrial development, and the looming threat of climate change, DeDeaux has long worked between worlds of the present and the future. Read More


Current Exhibitions

Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana

on view through January 26th, 2020

Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana is the first major exhibition featuring Louisiana landscape painting in more than forty years. Inventing Acadia reveals Louisiana’s role in creating—and exporting—a new vision for American landscape painting in the nineteenth century that was vastly different from that found in the rest of the United States. Read More


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