Sand, Ash, Heat: Glass at the New Orleans Museum of Art explores how this material has inspired innovation in the arts and science from ancient civilizations to today. Featuring an expansive range of work drawn from NOMA’s exceptional glass collection, the exhibition will connect artworks throughout the museum and Besthoff Sculpture Garden, showcasing the many forms and artistry of glass from Egyptian objects to contemporary sculpture, including a new major acquisition by Fred Wilson and a commission from Sharif Bey. Sand, Ash, Heat highlights the beauty of glass, but also the medium’s potential to capture human interconnection. The exhibition presents a variety of perspectives on how glass embodies a rich historical exchange between technology and the arts, including perspectives of a working glass artist, a laboratory scientist, a member of New Orleans’ tradition of Black Masking Indians, a foodways historian, and a sculpture conservator, in addition to museum curators.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published with Scala Arts Publishers, Inc. Glass: Sand, Ash, Heat was edited by NOMA’s RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts & Design Mel Buchanan, with contributions by Dow M. Edwards, Amanda M. Maples, Christopher Maxwell, Laura Ochoa Rincon, Zella Palmer, Brian Piper, Alex Sanchez, Ingrid Seyb, and an interview with Gene Koss.



Maurice Marinot

Blown glass

6 3/4 in

Museum purchase, William McDonald Boles and Eva Carol Boles Fund, 2004.40.a,.b © Merat Troyes

“The Way The Moon’s in Love with the Dark” Chandelier


Fred Wilson

Murano glass, brass, steel, light bulbs

78 3/4 x 55 1/8 x 55 1/8 in.

NOMA, Museum purchase, William McDonald Boles and Eva Carol Boles Fund, 2022.48 © Fred Wilson, Courtesy Pace Gallery.

“Ghost” Chair

1987 design

Cini Boeri with Tomu Katayanagi, for FIAM Italia, manufacturer

Tempered glass

27 ¾ x 37 x 30 in

NOMA, Museum Purchase, William McDonald Boles and Eva Carol Boles Fund, 2023.23 © Cini Boeri. Image courtesy of Rago/Wright.

Group of five Unguent Bottles

600–100 BCE

Eastern Mediterranean

Core-formed glass with trailed decoration

largest 5 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.

NOMA, Gift of Melvin P. Billups in memory of his wife, Clarice Marston Billups, 56.92, 56.153, 64.82, 56.155, 56.154.

“Façon de Venise” Goblet

c. 1670

Peter Wolff, engraver

Blown glass, diamond point engraving

10 3/8 in.

NOMA, Museum purchase, William McDonald Boles and Eva Carol Boles Fund, 95.379.

Kuosi Society Elephant Mask

c. 1900–1940

Bamiléké artist (Cameroon Grassfields)

Cloth, glass beads, thread

46 in.

NOMA, Gift of Kent and Charlie Davis, 99.404.