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

Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp

on view through 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

New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection

on view through May 13th, 2018

Ceramics have been made in Japan for over 15,000 years. For the first time in over twenty years, NOMA presents an exhibition devoted to modern and contemporary ceramics. New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection showcases selected works by masters of the medium. Read More

Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection

on view through May 13th, 2018

In the 20th-century, remarkably creative American potters evolved clay into an expressive art form, free from the confines of function or industrial production. Personalities in Clay: American Studio Ceramics from the E. John Bullard Collection showcases the collection of John Bullard, NOMA’a director emeritus, a promised gift to the New Orleans Museum of Art. This exhibition and catalogue chart the major figures in handmade, studio pottery from 1940 to the end of the 20th century. Read More

Orientalism: Taking and Making

on view through December 31st, 2018

This installation, drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, addresses shades of oppression, racism, and superficial cultural understanding layered in 19th-century Orientalist paintings, photographs, and decorative arts. Read More

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


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