Visions of US explores evolving ideas about American cultural identity from the 18th through 20th centuries. Drawn from NOMA’s world-class collection of American art, the exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative arts to tell a rich and inclusive story about how we imagine and represent the United States. Featuring art from across America’s vast history and geography, Visions of US celebrates the cultural diversity and multitude of people and perspectives that make up our view of the United States. The exhibition uncovers dynamic points of connection between American artists working across the country—and even world—to craft the many different Visions of US that compose the country today.

American art, with a particular emphasis on artists working in Louisiana and the South, has long been one of NOMA’s key collection strengths. Visions of US is the first exhibition in NOMA’s history to highlight the full breadth of this extraordinary American art collection, and the first major American art exhibition in the country to place the work of acclaimed American artists from the Northeast like Jonathan Singleton Copley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Frank Stella alongside that of their lesser-known counterparts from the South and West like Alfred Boisseau, Josephine Crawford, Sam Francis and John T. Scott. American art is often largely defined by artists from the Northeast, and this exhibition shows how American artists working elsewhere—and especially the international port city of New Orleans—significantly broadened the range and scope of what we today think of as American art.


Rocks, Gloucester


Stuart Davis

Oil on canvas

30 x 36 inches

Gift of Muriel Bultman Francis, 68.23

Portrait of Colonel George Watson (1718–1800)


John Singleton Copley

Oil on canvas

58 ¾ x 48 7/8 inches

Museum Purchase and Gift by exchange from Isaac Cline, Herman E. Cooper, F. Julius Dreyfous, Durand-Ruel & Sons, and Laura Tortue, 77.37



Asher Brown Durand

Oil on canvas

73 ¼ x 61 ¼ inches

Gift of the Fine Arts Club of New Orleans, 16.4

Her First Communion


Josephine Crawford

Oil on canvas

39 x 24 inches

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Kaufmann in honor of E. John Bullard, 93.167

Composition (White, Black, Blue and Red on White)


Jackson Pollock

Casein on paper mounted on Masonite

32 x 40 inches

Bequest of Victor K. Kiam, 77.300

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Two Nuba Wrestlers


George Dureau

Oil on canvas

60 x 54 inches

Bequest of Frank Walker Wright, 2002.25

Scramble: Ascending Yellow Values, Descending Spectrum

Frank Stella

Oil on Canvas

69 x 69 inches

Promised Gift of Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen, EL.2011.234



Nancy Graves

Oil on canvas

Gift of Drs. Joy and Howard Osofsky, 2006.62