Past Exhibitions

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes

ended on May 28th, 2018

Experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by avant-garde fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Gypsy Sport, and Iris van Herpen investigate symbols of womanhood and challenge conventional notions of beauty. More than 100 articles of daring fashion are presented in a dramatic gallery design that explores eight archetypal personality types. Read More

Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival

ended on April 1st, 2018

Bror Anders Wikstrom arrived in New Orleans from Sweden by 1883 and is best remembered as a designer for elaborate Mardi Gras productions. Through the 1880s and 1890s, his fantastical designs elevated the extravaganza of Carnival. This exhibition includes watercolor sketches for parade floats and costumes. Read More

Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

ended on February 25th, 2018

The international triennial Prospect.4 (P.4) is a citywide exhibition at venues across metro New Orleans. P.4 takes the city’s distinctive character as a point of departure to investigate global concerns. Works by seven artists are on view at NOMA. Read More

African Art: The Bequest from the Françoise Billion Richardson Charitable Trust

ended on November 6th, 2017

NOMA is proud to present a selection of African art from the bequest of the Françoise Billion Richardson Charitable Trust. Françoise was the individual most responsible for the development and success of the museum’s sub-Saharan African collection, through her encouragement, assistance and unwavering enthusiasm over the years. Françoise endowed NOMA’s curatorship for African art, established an African art purchase fund and funded the building of the present African galleries, which are named for her parents, on NOMA’s third floor. Read More

Regina Scully | Japanese Landscape: Inner Journeys

ended on October 15th, 2017

The commonality between the works of contemporary New Orleans artist Regina Scully and the paintings of 18th and 19th-century Edo-period Japanese artists are explored in a random pairing of works in the Asian art galleries. Read More

Jim Steg: New Work

ended on October 8th, 2017

Jim Steg was the most influential printmaker to be based in New Orleans. A longtime beloved professor of art at Newcomb College, this exhibition reveals Steg as both an innovator in the field of printmaking, and an artist at the forefront of several major twentieth-century movements. Read More

A Life of Seduction: Venice in the 1700s

ended on May 21st, 2017

An exhibition exploring 18th-century Venice features fashion, pageantry, ceremonies, and street life. An exquisite gondola finial, 18th-century costumes and Carnival masks, a puppet theater, and view paintings depicting the fabled “Queen of the Adriatic” are among the works on display. Read More

George Dunbar: Elements of Chance

ended on February 19th, 2017

This exhibition surveys the career of George Dunbar (American, born 1927), who played a pivotal role in introducing abstract art to the South. Read More

Upcoming Exhibitions

Bodies of Knowledge

on view starting June 29th, 2019

Bodies of Knowledge brings together ten international contemporary artists to reflect on the role that language plays in archiving and asserting our cultural identities. Working with materials that range from books and silent film to ink, ashes and musical scores, ten artists propose language as a living and ever-evolving document that can counter more staid and static ways of representing our collective pasts. Read More


Current Exhibitions

Inspired by Nature | Japanese Art from the Permanent Collection

on view through June 9th, 2019

The arts of Japan are inseparably associated with nature, whether through themes and subjects associated with seasonal change or through the shape, material, and decoration of objects. This installation focuses on flower and bird subjects, a particularly popular theme during the Edo (1615–1868) and Meiji (1868–1912) periods and one that continues to find enduring resonance in the modern era. Read More


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