Past Present Future: Building Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art
Join us for Past Present Future starting on September 7 at NOMA. Organized as a three-part presentation, the first chapter in Past, Present, Future will recreate a portion of the 1918 show, presenting vintage prints of photographs included in the original exhibition while replicating a turn-of-the-century photography gallery. The second portion of the exhibition will include a number of recent acquisitions by NOMA, highlighting the museum’s present commitment to expand its representation of diverse cultural perspectives from around the globe. Finally, the third gallery will present a glimpse into the future by showcasing works that have been promised to the institution, signaling how the collection will continue to grow and evolve.
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.