This month, the New Orleans Museum of Art is unveiling 4 new exhibitions that will run into 2020. The shows (all but one of which are open now) range from a look at climate change to a celebration of the Bauhaus school. As Museum Month winds down, take advantage of the free admission deals (admission to NOMA is free on Wednesdays!) and check out these new offerings.


The Quilts of Gee’s Bend: Mary Lee Bendolph (Gee's Bend, Alabama, born 1935), Work-clothes quilt, ca. 2002. Denim and cotton; 99 1/2 x 88 in. Museum Purchase, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection, 2017.171. © Mary Lee Bendolph / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio / Art Resource, NY

The Quilts of Gee’s Bend

In the 20th century, 4 generations of African American women living in Gee’s Bend, Alabama created remarkable patchwork quilts from salvaged materials, such as old clothing and feed sacks. Focusing on individual expression and improvisation, these women created a new style of quilting that had never been seen before. Today, these quilts are displayed all over the world, and the community who created them has garnered international notoriety and acclaim. The museum has 5 of these groundbreaking quilts in the exhibition, along with historical information on Gee’s Bend. On display now through March 30th, 2020; more information here.


Ancestors in Stone: Seated Osugbo member with stone eyes, wearing edan ogboni around the neck. ca. 16th century. Ivory and Stone Yoruba artist, Nigeria. Loan of Charles and Kent Davis

Ancestors in Stone

Central to this exhibition are items acquired from the Cross Rivers region in Nigeria. In African cultures, ancestors remain important members of the community even after death and are revered in the afterlife. Though ancestors are mostly represented in African cultures with perishable materials, sometimes they are represented through carved stone figures—known as akwanshi. This exhibition features numerous akwanshi, as well as other carved stone items from West African cultures. Learn more about the significance of stone to African cultures in this groundbreaking show. On display now through July 27, 2020; more information here.


An Ideal Unity: Gertrud Arndt, German, 1903-2000, Self Portrait, 1931 Gelatin silver print 7 3/4 x 5 11/16 in. (image); 12 15/16 x 9 13/16 in. (mount) Gertrud Arndt, German, 1903-2000 New Orleans Museum of Art: Museum purchase, General Acquisitions Fund, 81.154 

An Ideal Unity: The Bauhaus and Beyond

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus school of art, which remained popular until its demise in 1933 when the Nazis rose to power in Germany. Though the Bauhaus did not survive World War II, the school revolutionized how artists think about means of production as the world around them became more industrialized, and the impact of the school can be even be seen in today’s architecture and furniture design. The exhibition at NOMA explores the breadth and impact of the Bauhaus, integrating items from the museum’s permanent collection with new items from the Bauhaus era. On display now through March 8, 2020; more information here.


Tina Freeman: Lamentations: Left: 20180402_Svalbard_103 Sea ice breaking up in late winter © Tina Freeman; Right: 20170404_Wetland_Aerials_002 Louisiana wetlands southeast of New Orleans on the east side of the river, south of the Caernarvon diversion © Tina Freeman  

Tina Freeman: Lamentations

Tina Freeman has spent the last 7 years photographing the Louisiana wetlands, as well as places in the Arctic and Antarctic. In this exhibition, she pairs those photographs in a series of diptychs meant to showcase the reality of climate change and the interconnectedness of all living things. The photograph pairs communicate an urgency surrounding sea level rise and glacial melting. In addition to the exhibit, an anthology of the same name is available for purchase. The anthology includes essays from Freeman and graphic information on glacial disappearance and sea-level rise. On display from September 12th-March 8th, 2020; more information here.