Past Exhibitions

The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography

ended on October 11th, 2009

From May 16 to October 11, 2009 the New Orleans Museum of Art presented The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, a major exhibition of more than 200 works exploring the moments that shape our being, from intimate memories to historic tragedies. Read More

Objects of Desire: Faberge from the Hodges Family Collection

ended on January 18th, 2009

OBJECTS OF DESIRE: Fabergé from the Hodges Family Collection featured sculpture, jewels, smoking accessories, scientific instruments and other precious objects by Peter Carl Fabergé, and was on view from November 9, 2008 through January 18, 2009. Read More

Prospect.1

ended on January 18th, 2009

For 11 weeks—from November 1, 2008, to January 18, 2009—the New Orleans Museum of Art showcased works by nine artists, from international superstars to locally based legends, as part of Prospect.1 New Orleans, which was the largest contemporary art biennial ever held in the United States. Read More

Gentlemen Callers: Paul Cadmus and George Dureau

ended on September 28th, 2008

World famous as an authority on Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, Dr. Kenneth Holditch is less well known as a distinguished collector of art. Works on paper by Paul Cadmus and George Dureau are central to his collection and NOMA was pleased to have the opportunity of bringing these lyrical and sometimes provocative images to the attention of a wider public. Read More

A Tribute to Cole Pratt

ended on September 21st, 2008

The summer of 2008, the New Orleans Museum of Art presented A Tribute to Cole Pratt: His Gallery’s First 15 Years, 1993- 2008, an exhibition of work by 29 artists represented by the influential New Orleans based gallerist. Pratt passed away unexpectedly on April 19. Read More

George Rodrigue’s Louisiana: Cajuns, Blue Dogs, and Beyond Katrina

ended on June 8th, 2008

On March 1, 2008, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) hosted a retrospective featuring the work of famed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, best known for his now-iconic Blue Dog series. The exhibition, which ran until June 8, featured over forty years of Rodrigue’s work showcasing his evolution as Louisiana’s most famous contemporary artist. Read More

Upcoming Exhibitions

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

on view starting March 6th, 2021

Nearly seventy of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States, collected by John D. Rockeller 3rd and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller between the 1940s and ’70s, will be showcased in an exhibition on loan from the Asia Society Museum. The extraordinary range of bronzes, ceramics, and metalwork reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. Read More

Atomic Number Thirteen: Aluminum in 20th-Century Design

on view starting May 7th, 2021

When chemists first successfully extracted aluminum from the earth in the mid-19th century, the raw element was as precious as gold. Today we take this ubiquitous material for granted, though aluminum allows for nearly every facet of modern life through its use in architecture, industry, and flight. This exhibition, drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, explores the changing role of aluminum in twentieth-century design. Read More

Dawn DeDeaux: The Space Between Worlds

on view starting September 16th, 2021

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

The Pursuit of Salvation: Jain Art from India

on view through June 20th, 2021

The Jain faith has been continuously practiced in India since at least the sixth century BCE. Nonviolence, a respect for all living beings, and the belief in the existence of a permanent soul whose true nature is obscured by accumulated karma are core principles of Jainism. Created over a period of more than fifteen hundred years — the second through nineteenth centuries — the sculptures, paintings, and manuscripts on view in this exhibition of works loaned from the collection of Dr. Siddharth Bhansali illuminate iconographic and stylistic change as well as regional variation.  Read More


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