Past Exhibitions

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

Pierre Joseph Landry: Patriot, Planter, Sculptor

ended on March 20th, 2016

NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre Joseph Landry. Born in France, Landry immigrated to Louisiana at the age of 15. He became a military officer under Andrew Jackson during the war of 1812, and subsequently became a successful sugar planter. Stricken by illness at the age of 63,… Read More

Tina Barney: Photographs

ended on February 28th, 2016

In conjunction with NOMA’s exhibition of its American art collection, Visions of US: American Art at NOMA, the museum will present a selection of Tina Barney’s photographs in the Great Hall. Since the mid 1970s, Tina Barney has photographed her family and friends in color with a large format view camera. Barney’s pictures record, in unflinching detail,… Read More

Time/Frame

ended on February 28th, 2016

This selection of photographs from NOMA’s permanent collection invites an intimate reflection on the concept of time and our place within it. Read More

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

ended on February 21st, 2016

Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the latest installment of his 100 Novels Project. Read More

Jasper Johns: Reversals

ended on January 31st, 2016

This exhibition showcases an exceptional group of prints by Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), one of most influential artists of the 20th century. Read More

Visions of US: American Art at NOMA

ended on January 24th, 2016

Visions of US explores evolving ideas about American cultural identity from the 18th through 20th centuries. Drawn from NOMA’s world-class collection of American art, the exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative arts to tell a rich and inclusive story about how we imagine and represent the United States. Read More

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Upcoming Exhibitions

A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes

on view starting February 21st, 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

Carlos Rolón: Outside/In

on view starting March 16th, 2018

Carlos Rolón is internationally recognized for his paintings, sculptures and installations that break down walls. Working with shattered glass, wrought iron fences, and construction cinderblocks, his art takes these barriers to access and transforms them into new points of entry. Outside/In explores the rich connections between New Orleans, Latin America, and the Caribbean through allusions to each region’s natural and built environments. Read More

Lee Friedlander in Louisiana

on view starting April 27th, 2018

One of the most famous living American photographers, Lee Friedlander has been visiting Louisiana since 1957 to document New Orleans jazz and to make artful street photographs. Lee Friedlander in Louisiana is the first major exhibition in any institution to examine the full scope and influence of Friedlander’s work in the region on the history of photography. Read More

Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories

on view starting June 21st, 2018

Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories marks New Orleans’ three-hundredth anniversary by bringing together a group of seven contemporary art projects that focus on forgotten or marginalized histories of the city. Read More


Current Exhibitions

Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival

on view through 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, in a gallery near the Wikstrom-designed, mahogany cabinet from… Read More


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