Past Exhibitions

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

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

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

New Photography: Create, Collect, Compile

on view starting April 17th, 2020

Over the past two decades, the ways in which we create, collect, and compile photographs have shifted dramatically. In broad strokes, we might define this shift as away from photographs as singular, iconic, and private objects to a ubiquitous, public, and collective phenomenon that is now often immaterial. This exhibition presents the work of four photographers, all of whom work with, and critique, these new practices in photography. Unified by their understanding of the photograph as an ambiguous messenger, each of these artists creates, collects, or compiles photographs to trace narratives about identity, community, and power. Read More

Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds

on view starting October 16th, 2020

Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds is the first comprehensive museum exhibition for the pioneering multimedia artist Dawn DeDeaux. Since the 1970s, DeDeaux’s practice has spanned video, performance, photography, and installation to create art that exists at the edge of the Anthropocene. Anticipating a future imperiled by the runaway population growth, breakneck industrial development, and the looming threat of climate change, DeDeaux has long worked between worlds of the present and the future. Read More


Current Exhibitions

Ancestors in Stone

on view through July 27th, 2020

A recently acquired akwanshi stone monolith from the Cross River region of Nigeria forms the centerpiece of a focus exhibition featuring stone as a material used in ancestral veneration among West African cultures. Read More


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