The New Orleans Museum of Art is an exquisite pearl wrapped inside City Park’s gorgeous natural landscape. The city’s oldest fine arts institution contains a permanent collection with more than 40,000 objects and is noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, as well as photography, glass, and Japanese works.
There is a gift shop and Cafe NOMA in the museum. You can enter the museum from the side entrance if you'd like to only have lunch and not tour the museum. See www.CafeNOMA.com for restaurant details.
Outside NOMA, the five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden holds more than 60 sculptures collectively valued at $25 million. These incredible works of art are nestled along meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, and 200-year-old live oaks inside the garden.
The New Orleans Museum of Art and Besthoff Sculpture Garden are also conveniently located near Morning Call and the Big Lake boat rental dock. More outdoor sculpture and art is located on Lelong Avenue, including Grateful Labors, the grass Braille “welcome” installation, and the Singing Oak.
Please visit www.NOMA.org for more information.
Tim Youd: 100 Novels
October 2, 2015 – February 21, 2016
For Tim Youd: 100 Novels Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the latest installment of his 100 Novels Project. At the heart of this endeavor is an extended and idiosyncratic literary pilgrimage. Youd journeys across the world to retype 100 works of literature—some canonical, others obscure—in locations germane to each novel. In these charged locations, he uses the original make and model of typewriter employed by the book’s author to retype each novel in its entirety. While in Louisiana, Youd will be performing
live in NOMA’s galleries and in locations throughout the state, retyping a series of novels set in Louisiana that will include everything from Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. During his multi-week performances, Youd retypes each novel onto a single sheet of paper, backed by a second sheet. He runs the doubled paper through the typewriter repeatedly, until every word of the novel has been retyped. Upon completion, the two
pages—a positive and a negative image—are mounted as a diptych, representing two pages of a book. These resulting frayed and tattered pages reflect on our relationship to history, memory and creativity, and ask what the practice of novel writing—and reading—might teach us today.
The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi
October 9, 2015 – January 10, 2016
This exhibition focuses on recent sculptures by Bidou Yamaguchi that apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, and to Kabuki actor prints of Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th century portrait master. These works radically extend Noh’s transformation of souls across time and space, projecting them into new cultural and physical dimensions. Traditions Transfigured includes educational and interactive components that show a set of masks displaying the carving process, a video explaining mask-making, and a secured mask that visitors can handle, try on, and photograph themselves wearing. Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi is
organized by California State University Long Beach.
Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi was developed by UAM in cooperation with Dr. Kendall Brown and the CSULB Museum Studies Students. Artworks are on loan from artist Bidou Yamaguchi; the Kelly Sutherlin McLeod and Steve McLeod Collection; Scripps College, Claremont, CA; USC
Pacific Asia Museum Collection, Gift of Peter Ries; Sebastian Izzard, LLC; and the Target Corporate Collection. Photography © 2013 UAM. The New Orleans presentation is sponsored in part by the Japan Foundation, New York.
Patriot, Planter, Artist: Pierre Joseph Landry (1770 – 1843)
October 16 – March 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre Joseph Landry. Born in France, Landry emigrated to Louisiana at the age of 15. He became a military officer underAndrew Jackson during the war of 1812, and subsequently became a successful sugar planter. Stricken by illness at the age of 63, he began carving wood sculptures with biblical, allegorical and historical subjects.Organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Louisiana State Museum, nearly two dozen sculptures will be presented, drawn from the collections of the organizers as well as The Historic New Orleans Collection and private U.S. lenders.
Jasper Johns: Reversals
Prints from the Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen Collection
October 23, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Jasper Johns: Reversals showcases an exceptional group of prints by Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930), one of most influential artists of the 20th century. Known for his representations of icons of American culture like flags, targets and maps, Johns is a master printmaker whose work in print influences all aspects of his art. This exhibition brings together a choice selection of Johns’ work from the 1970s through today to show how the logic of printmaking—its multiple
plates, mirror images, repetitions and reversals—informs Johns’ art across media, from painting and drawing to relief sculpture and collage. Johns’ multifaceted investigations into the methods and materials of printmaking inspire him to reimagine familiar media and forms, and reinvent and reinterpret customary markers of American cultural identity. For Johns, stars and
stripes—like numbers and letters—are symbols to be deciphered, decoded and reimagined. His crosshatched stripes, compounded numbers and fragments of newsprint and typeface revolutionized 20th century art, and continue to explore the role of the multiple image in modern and contemporary art.
Visions of US: American Art at NOMA
November 14-January 24, 2016
Visions of US explores evolving ideas about American cultural identity from the 18th through 20th century. Drawn from NOMA’s world-class collection of American art, the exhibition brings together paintings, sculptures, photography and decorative arts from NOMA's collection to tell a rich and inclusive story about how we imagine and represent the United States. 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. Featuring art from across America’s vast history and geography, 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.
Join the NOMA Book Club!
Each month Book Club reads art-related fiction and non-fiction, and engages in discussion groups, curatorial programs and field trips correlating with each book.
Most Book Club programs start promptly at noon, but please come at 11:30 if you wish to bring a sack lunch and meet with friends. NOMA provides water and soft drinks. Please RSVP for the meetings you wish to attend.
Book Club members may buy their reading selections at the NOMA Museum Shop at a 20% discount. Call the Shop at (504) 658-4133 for more information.
To join NOMA Book Club, to get meeting dates, book titles, and for more information, contact Sheila Cork at (504) 658-4117 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.