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The New Orleans Museum of Art Celebrates 100 Years
Offers 31-hour Free Birthday Celebration This December!

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Gabrielle Munter's Main Street in Murneau

On December 16, 1911, thanks to a generous benefactor named Isaac Delgado, the art museum that originally carried his name opened its doors in New Orleans' City Park. At the time the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art owned only nine works of art but it was a good start.

Today, a full century later, the renamed New Orleans Museum of Art has more than 35,000 art objects in its permanent collection, with new works being acquired regularly. In commemoration of the museum's centennial, it will be open free of charge for 31 continuous hours, from 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 16 through 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17.

The event will feature live music, family art-making activities, exhibition walk-throughs and more. The museum is featuring 110 new permanent collection pieces that were recently donated in honor of NOMA's 100th birthday.

NOMA 100: Gifts for the Second Century

Sol LeWitt's Inverted Spiraling Tower
Keith Sonnier's Florescent Room
Herman Leonard's Louis Armstrong, Paris
Anish Kapoor's Untitled sculpture

"NOMA 100: Gifts for the Second Century" features works by Anish Kapoor, Keith Sonnier, Matthew Barney, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Kathe Kollwitz and Gabrielle Münter. It is the culmination of a five‐year acquisition project, celebrating the museum's 100th anniversary with the exhibition of 110 newly acquired objects, ranging from a laminated color C‐print by American artist Matthew Barney to a seven‐foot-long shark headdress from Nigeria.

The exhibition, conceived by Director Emeritus John Bullard and trustee Anne Milling and on view through January 22, 2012, reaffirms the museum's commitment to collecting outstanding works and highlights the dedicated support of the museum's benefactors. "NOMA 100" is a celebration of the museum's growing permanent collection and also marks a pivotal moment of transition with the new directorship of Susan Taylor.

Tours of the special exhibition will be offered.

Here is the schedule of events for the two-day centennial celebration at NOMA:

Friday, December 16

  • 5:00-8:00 pm.: Art-making Activities
  • 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Piano entertainment by Wayne Daigrepont
  • 6:00 p.m.: Comedic Improv Tour by The New Movement
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Isidore Newman School Choir
    • 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight: Art-making Activities by Prospect.2
  • 8:30 p.m.: Tour by Modern and Contemporary Art Curator Miranda Lash
  • 9:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight: New Orleans Jazz Institute Quartet
  • 9:30 p.m.: Performance and book signing by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield
  • 10:00 p.m.: Comedic Improv Tour by The New Movement

Saturday, December 17

  • 12:00 midnight-3:00 a.m.: Quintron – DJ Set
  • 3:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.: DJ Kazu
  • 8:00 a.m.: Yoga in Second Floor Museum Galleries
  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: NOCCA Jazz Band: Jazz Brunch in Café NOMA by Ralph Brennan
  • 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Art-making Activities (Young Audiences, YA YA, KIDsmART)
  • 11:00 a.m.: Roots of Music Second Line around NOMA leading to the front steps
  • 11:15-11:30 a.m.: Remarks by Susan Taylor on front steps
  • 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: Educational Programming
  • 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: Amanda Shaw Finale Performance

The New Orleans Museum of Art is located in City Park at the end of Esplanade Avenue, just across from scenic Bayou St. John. Convenient public transportation is available along the Canal Streetcar-North Carrollton Avenue Branch. The museum is walking distance from the end of the streetcar line.

About NOMA and the
Besthoff Sculpture Garden

The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado and opened the following year, houses over 35,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum's 46 galleries Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by 62 artists, including several of the 20th century's great master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. except for Fridays when it is open until 8:45 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk.

For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit


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