Past Exhibitions

Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi

ended on January 10th, 2016

This exhibition features work by the Japanese artist Bidou Yamaguchi (b. 1970). Trained to make reproductions of historic Japanese Noh masks, the artist has, since 2003, radicalized this traditional idea and practice. Yamaguchi’s masks apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, as well as to Kabuki actor prints by Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic eighteenth century portrait master. Read More

10 Years Gone

ended on September 7th, 2015

Timed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Ten Years Gone features six contemporary artists who explore the passage of time, memory, loss, and transformation. Read More


ended on August 9th, 2015

A selection of works from the permanent collection by Brassaï, Jaroslav Rossler, Florence Henri, Clarence John Laughlin, and others that investigate, play with, and exploit reflections and mirror images in modern photography. Read More

Kongo Across the Waters

ended on May 25th, 2015

This exhibition explores connections between the art and culture of the Kongo peoples of western Central Africa and African American art and culture in the United States. Read More


ended on April 25th, 2015

This exhibition from the permanent collection explores the history of the abstract, the unreal, and the surreal in photography from its origins to the present Read More

Degas’ Little Dancer

ended on March 1st, 2015

NOMA will share this renowned work, on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with audiences in a newly created focus gallery this fall. Read More

Photorealism: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Collection

ended on January 25th, 2015

The New Orleans Museum of Art is pleased to be organizing Photorealism: The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Collection, the most extensive presentation to-date of the Photorealist painting collection of Sydney and Walda Besthoff. 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

Lee Friedlander (b. 1934)  is one of the most famous living American photographers. Although he has always been based in New York, the photographer has been visiting Louisiana since 1957 to document jazz musicians and New Orleans’ second-line parades, and to make artful street photographs. 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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