Thursday, June 18, 2009

NOMA Updates!

Friday, June 19th:
Library Book Club: Tour of Louisiana Women Artists with Judith Bonner

This month's Felix J. Dreyfous Library Book Club selection, Natalie Scott: A Magnificent Life by John W. Scott, serves as the point of departure for Friday's Book Club activity, a tour of Women Artists in Louisiana, 1825-1965: A Place of Their Own with exhibition organizer Judith Bonner, Senior Curator of The Historic New Orleans Collection. To reserve a spot on the tour or for more information, contact Librarian Sheila Cork at (504) 658-4117 or

Saturday, June 20th:
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
"An Afternoon Focus on Healing"

In conjunction with The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, the New Orleans Museum of Art presents an afternoon of family art-making led by NOMA's Art Therapy Initiative. The family art-making event is appropriate for all ages, according to the Museum's resident certified art therapist, Holly Wherry. Families are invited to drop in anytime during the four-hour program to work on a creative project together. No artistic experience is necessary.

Summer Art Studios
Space: The Final Frontier starts Monday

Summer Art Studios for children and teens are underway, but it's not too late to sign up for one of the several sessions still to come. The next week-long studio for children 10-12, Space: The Final Frontier, begins Monday, and the next week-long studio for children 4-6, the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, begins July 6. For information on these and other upcoming Summer Art Studios, click here.

June 22-26, Ages 10-12
Space: The Final Frontier
According to 20th century artist Frank Stella, "the aim of art is to create space." By examining NOMA's collection of modern and contemporary art, participants will discover how artists use different materials to create and engage space and how the viewer is affected by these choices. Hands-on projects involving printmaking, drawing, found objects and three-dimensional construction will allow the young artists to explore new methods of art-making and will highlight the art principles behind much of 20th century art.

July 6-10, Ages 4-6
Mid-Summer Mardi Gras
Who doesn't love Mardi Gras? Participants will be inspired by local artists and themes within the Museum's galleries as we celebrate our favorite holiday and learn about art! New Orleans-themed projects involving float-making, food, costuming, music and more. The week will conclude with our own parade around NOMA. Associated art elements, techniques, and imagination will be highlighted with each project, and a snack will be provided for the artists.

Wednesday, June 24, 6 p.m.
Film: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Photographer
In this Emmy-award-winning documentary, famed documentary photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, featured in the current exhibition The Art of Caring: A Look at Life through Photography, returns to his German homeland for the first time since 1935. While on assignment, he re-establishes his roots and photographs it with fresh eyes for his tenth and possibly most important book, Eisenstaedt: Germany. Filmed with Eisenstaedt's cooperation, the photographer at the height of his Life magazine career, the artist tells all about photography, Hitler, Hollywood, the 1950s and more.

Wednesday, July 1, 6 p.m.
Summer Exhibition Openings
Be among the first to see two new summer exhibitions, An Instant Arrested in Eternity: Sketches by Steinlen, Forain & Tchelitchew and With a Little Help from Our Friends: Recent Acquisitions in the Decorative Arts.

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