NEW ORLEANS (press release) –

Besthoff Sculpture Garden expansion opens May 15: Featuring 26 works by artists working primarily in the 21st century, the much-anticipated expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden opens to the public on Wednesday, May 15, at 11 am. Read more about our progress on this exciting addition to NOMA and be among the first to stroll the grounds in the weeks ahead. The sculpture garden is always free of charge and open seven days a week.

Free admission for moms on Mother’s Day: Spend time with the moms in your life by visiting the museum and sculpture garden on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12. All moms receive free admission, and Café NOMA will serve complimentary “Mom-osas.” The Museum Shop is also stocked with ideal one-of-a-kind gift items.

A Shakespearean sequel arrives in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden for twelve nights, premiered May 8: The NOLA Project returns to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden for twelve nights from May 8 – 26 with a new play by Michael Aaron Santos specifically written for the space. The Henchman: A Shakespeare Story is a spinoff to A Midsummer Night’s Dream that provides a sequel story about the character Jacob, the changeling boy. Read more about the production and purchase tickets online at The NOLA Project.

Read an interview with NOLA Project Director A.J. Allegra about this world premiere of this 21st-century play, written in Shakespearean English and iambic pentameter.

This production is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA).

Nuit Brillante: A Late Night Celebration features Haitian-themed entertainment, NOMA open till midnight on May 17: NOMA will extend hours till midnight on Friday, May 17, for Nuit Brillante: A Late Night Celebration. Enjoy dance music by Cliff Notez and Windows 98 of Arcade Fire, a Haitian dance workshop with Chakra Dance Theatre and drummers, gallery talks, and food by Café NOMA, Diva Dawgs Food Truck, and Fritai NOLA. Purchase advance tickets for $20 or at the door.

In the weeks ahead

Friday, May 24, 6 – 9 p.m.: Friday Nights at NOMA welcomes photographer Rich Frishman who will discuss his Ghosts of Segregation photo project with Curatorial Fellow Brian Piper

Friday, May 31, 6 – 9 p.m.: Friday Nights at NOMA features klezmer clarinetist Susanne Ortner and Curatorial Fellow Brian Piper will lead a Gallery Talk about the exhibition You Are Here: A Brief History of Photography and Place.


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