Friday Nights at NOMA returns for an exciting lineup of programs in 2019: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries, the Museum Shop, and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm. 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot family activity table 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Pardon My French 6 pm: Gallery tour of The Orléans Collection with Curator Vanessa Schmid 6 – 8 pm: Interactive performance by Cristina Molina in Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art 7 pm: “Viewing Art in 18th-Century Paris,” a lecture by Andrew McClellan in conjunction with The Orléans Collection ABOUT PARDON MY FRENCH Pardon My French is a New Orleans-based band known for their repetoire of French classics and traditional cabaret tunes. With Pete Rozé on guitar, Joshua Gouzy on bass, Michael Ward Bergeman on accordion, and vocalist Caroline Fourmy, the band will transport you to days of yore in the clubs of Montmartre. ABOUT CRISTINA MOLINA At select intervals throughout the run of the exhibition Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art, New Orleans-based artist Cristina Molina will host a series of intimate guided tours of the exhibition in which she will assume the perspective of the earth, personified. Drawing upon cultural mythologies of the underworld, Molina will guide museum visitors through a whispered exploration of the exhibition in which the different artworks in the exhibition constitute the topography of an imagined subterranean landscape. Inspired by the classical myth of Persephone, who was doomed to spend a third of the year in the underworld, Molina reimagines this mythological figure as an empowered goddess who harnesses the earth as a place of primordial cultural emergence. Spanning video installation, performance, photography, sculpture and textile design, Molina’s work privileges female protagonists to explore themes related to origins, heritage, and personal mythology, and how they work in concert with natural and urban landscapes. ABOUT ANDREW MCCLELLAN Trained in European art of the early modern period (primarily 17th-early 19th centuries), Andrew McClellan has lectured and published widely on painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as the historiography and institutions of art. An overriding interest in contexts, institutional frameworks, and the reception of art led him to study the collecting and display of art and forms the basis of four of his books, Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Modern Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (1999), Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millennium (2003), The Art Museum from Boullée to Bilbao (2008), and The Art of Curating: Paul J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard (2018).