Past Exhibitions

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

Kenneth Josephson: Photography Is

ended on February 19th, 2017

This exhibition presents a brief survey of the work of Kenneth Josephson (American, born 1932), one of the most inventive photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Read More

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

ended on January 16th, 2017

Seeing Nature explores the development of landscape painting, from a small window on the world to interpretations of artists’ personal experiences with their surroundings on land and sea. It reveals the power of landscape to locate the viewer in time and place—to record, explore, and understand the natural and man-made world. This exhibition presents masterpieces… Read More

Unfiltered Visions: 20th Century Self-Taught American Art

ended on October 17th, 2016

Throughout the twentieth century, the raw, instinctive approach of self-taught artists has quietly attracted acclaimed “contemporary” artists, collectors with keen eyes and in more recent decades, insightful museum curators, who bring this material to the public eye.  The New Orleans Museum of Art was among the early pioneers, organizing the first solo exhibition of Clementine Hunter’s… Read More

Bob Dylan: The New Orleans Series

ended on July 31st, 2016

Dylan portrays traditional views of French Quarter courtyards and alleyways, and captures moments in the private and public lives of New Orleans’s inhabitants in this series of paintings. Read More

Vera Lutter: Inverted Worlds

ended on July 17th, 2016

Vera Lutter elevates the current role of the negative from a nearly invisible part of the photography process to the chief object of our attention. Lutter’s photographs are one-of-a-kind negative prints made inside a room-sized pinhole camera with exposures that range from hours to days. Read More

Paper Negatives | Negative Image

ended on July 17th, 2016

This spring, NOMA will explore historical and contemporary roles of the photographic negative through three complementary exhibitions: Vera Lutter: Inverted Worlds, Paper Negatives, and Negative Image. Although the history of photography has typically focused on the importance of positives in photography, NOMA will demonstrate that the negative possesses a rich, parallel history. Once necessary to… Read More

Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum

ended on May 22nd, 2016

Self-Taught Genius considers the shifting implications of a self-taught ideology in the United States, from a widely endorsed and deeply entrenched movement of self-education to its current usage to describe artists creating outside traditional frames of reference and canonical art history. Self-taught art, past and present, blurs lines between disciplines, makes definitions look constricted, and… Read More

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Upcoming Exhibitions

Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred.

on view starting October 5th, 2018

Lina Iris Viktor is widely recognized for her exploration of art’s connection to history, spirituality, and prophecy. Recasting factual and fantastical narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia, Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred. explores a mythicized history of the West African nation. Central to Viktor’s gilded portraits is the mercurial figure of the Libyan Sibyll; from the Latin sibyl meaning prophetess, she is an ancient figure of fate and foresight, later invoked by eighteenth-century abolitionists as the predictor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Read More

The Orléans Collection

on view starting October 26th, 2018

In celebration of the tricentennial of the city that bears his regal title, NOMA will present an exhibition of selections from the magnificent personal collection of French nobleman Philippe II, the Duke of Orléans. This international loan exhibition will bring together masterpieces by Veronese, Valentin, Poussin, Rubens, and Rembrandt that formerly graced the walls of the Palais Royal in Paris. Read More


Current Exhibitions

Teaching Beyond Doctrine: Painting and Calligraphy by Zen Masters

on view through January 20th, 2019

Painting and calligraphy by Zen monks has a long history in Japan. Introduced from China in the twefth century, Zen (meaning “meditation”) has its origins in the teachings of the Buddha, the sixth-century BCE Indian prince who taught that it was possible to be freed from suffering and the cycles of rebirth. Read More


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