Past Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Orléans Collection

on view starting October 26th, 2018

In celebration of the city of New Orleans’ Tricentennial in 2018, NOMA presents The Orleans Collection, an exhibition of selections from the magnificent collection of the city’s namesake, Philippe II Duke of Orléans. Universally praised in his lifetime, the exceptional collection was comprised of some of the most important works in the history of art. This exhibition will bring together a representative group of around forty masterpieces from Philippe’s collection, gathered from museums and galleries across the US and Europe, to tell the complex story of the collection’s formation, reputation, and impact for later generations. Read More

Keith Sonnier: Until Today

on view starting March 15th, 2019

This exhibition marks first comprehensive museum survey for Keith Sonnier, a pioneering figure in conceptual, post-minimal, video and performance art of the late 1960s. Born in Grand Mamou, Louisiana, in 1941, Sonnier was one of the first artists to incorporate light into sculpture: an innovation that forms the foundation of his subsequent work. Read More


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