Past Exhibitions

William Woodward: An American Impressionist in New Orleans

ended on February 28th, 2010

Drawing from the holdings of both institutions, the exhibition featured more than 70 paintings, etchings, sculpture and ephemera related to Woodward’s life and works. A native of Massachusetts, Woodward came to New Orleans in the 1880s to teach fine arts, mechanical drawing and architectural drawing at Tulane University. Read More

Skylar Fein: Youth Manifesto

ended on January 3rd, 2010

Fall 2009, the New Orleans Museum of Art presented Skylar Fein: Youth Manifesto, the first solo museum exhibition of work by the New Orleans-based artist Skylar Fein. Focusing on youth culture, rock and roll, Americana and advertising, Youth Manifesto_tackled the pervasive power and symbiotic relationship between rock music and consumerism. The high-energy exhibition was comprised entirely of new work, including painting, sculpture, video and screen prints. Read More

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

Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club

on view starting February 10th, 2023

Black Orpheus: Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club explores the connection between African American artist Jacob Lawrence and his contemporaries based in West Africa through the Nigerian publication Black Orpheus. The exhibition features over 125 objects, including Lawrence’s little-known 1964–65 Nigeria series, works by the artists featured in Black Orpheus, archival images, videos, and letters. Read More

Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour

on view starting July 21st, 2023

From cowboy boots and bathing suits to Hollywood gowns and streetwear, Fashioning America: Grit to Glamour presents American fashion as a powerful emblem of global visual culture. Read More


Current Exhibitions


Exhibition Videos

Video: Called to the Camera: Black Studio Photographers

From photography’s beginnings in the United States, Black studio photographers operated on the developing edge of the medium to produce beautiful portraits for their clients, while also making a variety of other photographic work in keeping with important movements like pictorialism, modernism, and abstraction. Read More