Past Exhibitions

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

Prospect.1

ended on January 18th, 2009

For 11 weeks—from November 1, 2008, to January 18, 2009—the New Orleans Museum of Art showcased works by nine artists, from international superstars to locally based legends, as part of Prospect.1 New Orleans, which was the largest contemporary art biennial ever held in the United States. Read More

Gentlemen Callers: Paul Cadmus and George Dureau

ended on September 28th, 2008

World famous as an authority on Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, Dr. Kenneth Holditch is less well known as a distinguished collector of art. Works on paper by Paul Cadmus and George Dureau are central to his collection and NOMA was pleased to have the opportunity of bringing these lyrical and sometimes provocative images to the attention of a wider public. Read More

A Tribute to Cole Pratt

ended on September 21st, 2008

The summer of 2008, the New Orleans Museum of Art presented A Tribute to Cole Pratt: His Gallery’s First 15 Years, 1993- 2008, an exhibition of work by 29 artists represented by the influential New Orleans based gallerist. Pratt passed away unexpectedly on April 19. Read More

George Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina

ended on June 8th, 2008

On March 1, 2008, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) hosted a retrospective featuring the work of famed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, best known for his now-iconic Blue Dog series. The exhibition, which ran until June 8, featured over forty years of Rodrigue’s work showcasing his evolution as Louisiana’s most famous contemporary artist. Read More

Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Atomic Number Thirteen: Aluminum in 20th-Century Design

on view starting April 3rd, 2020

When chemists first successfully extracted aluminum from the earth in the mid-19th century, the raw element was as precious as gold. Today we take this ubiquitous material for granted, though aluminum allows for nearly every facet of modern life through its use in architecture, industry, and flight. This exhibition, drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, explores the changing role of aluminum in twentieth-century design. Read More

New Photography: Create, Collect, Compile

on view starting April 17th, 2020

Over the past two decades, the ways in which we create, collect, and compile photographs have shifted dramatically. In broad strokes, we might define this shift as away from photographs as singular, iconic, and private objects to a ubiquitous, public, and collective phenomenon that is now often immaterial. This exhibition presents the work of four photographers, all of whom work with, and critique, these new practices in photography. Unified by their understanding of the photograph as an ambiguous messenger, each of these artists creates, collects, or compiles photographs to trace narratives about identity, community, and power. Read More

Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds

on view starting October 16th, 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

Tina Freeman: Lamentations

on view through March 15th, 2020

Over the past seven years, Tina Freeman has photographed the wetlands of Louisiana and the glacial landscapes of the Arctic and Antarctica. In Lamentations, Freeman pairs images from these disparate regions in a series of diptychs that function as stories about climate change, ecological balance, and the connectedness of disparate landscapes across time and space. Read More


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