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Degas Gallery, Courtesy of NOMA
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4 Must-See Exhibitions At The New Orleans Museum Of Art This Fall

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Updated: 19 September 2016
Built by sugar broker Isaac Delgado as a temple of art for rich and poor alike, The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is one of the nation’s largest and most significant fine art institutions. Housing a $200 million permanent collections inside 46 galleries, the city’s oldest art-house, which opened on December 1911 with only nine artworks, is one of the premier art museums in the Gulf South region. Fostering almost 40,000 world-class exhibits, this neo-classical, beaux arts-styled temple is decorated with pieces that reflect both French and American art, photography and sculpture, as well as African and Japanese works.

If you’re an art-aficionado looking for a day away from the French Quarter’s hustle and bustle, here are four must-see Fall exhibitions at NOMA.

Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection

Running from October 14 2016 to January 15 2017, Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection is an exploratory exhibition presenting landscape-inspired masterpieces spanning five centuries. Showcasing works by artists such as Paul Cézanne, David Hockney, Edward Hopper, Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, Thomas Moran, Georgia O’Keeffe, Gerhard Richtner and J.M.W. Tuner, this nature-driven presentation is particularly strong in the works of Claude Monet. The collection illustrates the development of landscape paintings over time, how the style grew from small-window depictions to an artist’s personal interpretation in regards to his or her surroundings on land and sea, and reveals this technique’s power to locate the viewer in time and place.

The Grand Canyon, 1998 by David Hockney/Paul G. Allen Collection
The Grand Canyon, 1998 by David Hockney/Paul G. Allen Collection

Something in the Way: A Brief History of Photography and Obstruction

Based on NOMA’s permanent collection, Something in the Way: A Brief History of Photography and Obstruction is a thought-provoking exhibition designed to explore photography’s relationship with the word. Running until January 2017, this print-installation blends a diverse collection of fine art, documentary photography, anonymous snapshots and conceptual works that include obstructing elements to showcase how the photograph itself is often an obstruction to the real world.

Tseng Kwong Chi (Canadian, born China, 1950-1990) New York, New York, 1979 printed 2001(left), Rudy Burckhardt (American, 1914-1999) Paris, 1947 (right)/ Courtesy of NOMA
Tseng Kwong Chi (Canadian, born China, 1950-1990) New York, New York, 1979 printed 2001(left), Rudy Burckhardt (American, 1914-1999) Paris, 1947 (right)/Courtesy of NOMA

George Dunbar: Elements of Chance

George Dunbar: Elements of Chance is an exhibition showcasing the work of one of the artists who introduced abstract art to the South. The selected works, which will be featured from November 3 2016 to February 19 2017, display the museum’s first comprehensive retrospective for the 1927-born artist, and explore Dunbar’s artistic evolution from his 1940s-1950s action paintings to his most recent creations in clay relief.

George Dunbar - Le Rouge Grande, 2015/Collection of Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen
George Dunbar – Le Rouge Grande, 2015/Collection of Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen

Kenneth Josephson: Photography Is

Exhibiting a brief survey of the work created by one of the most inventive photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, Kenneth Josephson: Photography Is is a creative presentation assembled by American-born photographer Kenneth Josephson. The pieces selected, which suggest a host of definitions for photography, display his views toward light and shadow, flatness and depth, the real world and its representation, as well as the image and the object. This exhibition will be on view for the public through January 1st, 2017.

Kenneth Josephson (American, born 1932) Colorado, 1959 (left), Chicago, 1963 (right) / Copyright Kenneth Josephson, courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery and Gitterman Gallery
Kenneth Josephson (American, born 1932) Colorado, 1959 (left), Chicago, 1963 (right) / Copyright Kenneth Josephson, courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery and Gitterman Gallery