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

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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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