Friday Nights at NOMA: Music by Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko | Artist Perspective with Skylar Fein | Arts & Letters Series: Anne Boyd Rioux with Susan Larson
Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko, a native Korean cellist, began playing piano at age 5, and won first prize in the Young Artist Competition in Seoul, South Korea, at age 7. She holds a doctoral degree in cello performance from Louisiana State University, and has held positions in the Baton Rouge and Acadiana symphony orchestras. Anne Boyd Rioux is the author of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters, the editor of the Penguin Deluxe Anniversary edition of Little Women, and a professor of English at the University of New Orleans. She will be interviewed on stage by Susan Larson, host of The Reading Life on WWNO, New Orleans’s NPR affiliate, and the author of The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans. Skylar Fein’s immersive installation Remember the Upstairs Lounge commemorates the 1973 arson at the Upstairs Lounge, a popular gay bar in the French Quarter. The work is on view in the exhibition Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories. Fein, whose work has long explored New Orleans’ many diverse subcultures and informal communities, recreates this space to offer a haunting memorial to the event and those impacted by the tragedy.
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution, opened on December 16, 1911 with only 9 works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.
The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States, with over 60 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges.