Passage is an immersive, site-specific installation created for the New Orleans Museum of Art by contemporary artist Regina Agu and marks her first solo museum show. Inspired by the historical form of the panorama, Agu’s 100-foot-long installation weaves together imagery of waterways from across Louisiana to consider how the landscapes, people, and histories of the region are connected by and through water. Created to coincide with Inventing Acadia: Painting and Place in Louisiana, an exhibition of nineteenth-century landscape paintings, Agu’s project mines histories of landscape painting to explore the unique social and political geographies of the Gulf Coast. Drawing on Agu’s personal relationship to the region—the artist has deep familial ties to Louisiana, and grew up between Houston, the Congo, South Africa, and Nigeria—Passage reveals the complex global histories and present-day environmental concerns that mark this familiar landscape and environment.

Through a new partnership between NOMA and A Studio in the Woods, an artist residency program in Louisiana focused around art and environment, Agu revisited many of the sites painted by the nineteenth-century artists in Inventing Acadia, traveling by water from the Gulf of Mexico to Louisiana’s more inland lakes, rivers, levees, and canals. Sited in NOMA’s neoclassical entrance court, Passage will flow through the space like water, exploring issues ranging from land loss and environmental degradation to the legacies of slavery and colonialism, all while showing how these intertwined histories remain part of Louisiana’s landscapes today.

Regina Agu: Passage was created in partnership with A Studio in the Woods, through an artist residency.

Regina Agu with David Baker, Environmental Curator at A Studio in the Woods, at Pointe à la Hache, Louisiana, 2019, photograph by Seth Boonchai

Sea Change


Regina Agu

Vinyl print

70 x 6 feet (approximately)

Collection of the artist, Installation view at Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, photo by Alex Barber © Regina Agu

Documentation of site visit to Lake Maurepas (Water)


Regina Agu

Digital image

Collection of the artist © Regina Agu

Drape Panorama 02


Regina Agu

Digital photo print and wood

50 ¾ x 12 ½ x 5 ½ in.

Collection of the artist, Installation view at DiverseWorks, Photo by Paul Hester © Regina Agu

Still from Louisiana Water (working title)


Regina Agu and Hadeel Assali

Digital video

Collection of the artists © Regina Agu and Hadeel Assali