Friday Nights at NOMA: Music by Neptune Steel Orchestra, Decorative Arts Gallery Tour, Zen Film
Friday Nights at NOMA opens the museum’s doors for many interesting activities throughout the year: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. On September 21 the distinctive percussive sounds of the Caribbean will fill NOMA’s Great Hall with a performance by the Neptune Steel Orchestra of Louisiana, a steelpan musical group initially comprised of expats from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of steelpan. The mission of NSOL is to provide and promote cultural diversity by offering the opportunity to learn, perform, and appreciate symphonic steelpan music. Screened in conjunction with the exhibition Teaching Beyond Doctrine: Painting and Calligraphy by Zen Masters, from acclaimed Korean writer/director Kim Ki-Duk comes this exquisitely beautiful and award-winning human drama set on a tree-lined lake where a tiny Buddhist monastery floats on a raft.
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.