Friday, Mar 13, 5-9 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA: Opening of Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon | Artist Talk with Alia Ali on FLUX

New Orleans Museum of Art
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1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA

Friday Nights at NOMA features an exciting lineup of programs in 2020: live music, movies, activities for kids and families, 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 until 9 pm. 5–8 pm | Art on the Spot drop-in activity table 6 pm | Lecture on the opening of Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society by Robert J. Del Bontà 7 pm | Alia Ali in conversation with Katie Pfohl, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art on FLUX ABOUT ALIA ALI: FLUX Alia Ali is a Yemeni-Bosnian-US multi-media artist. Having traveled to sixty-seven countries, lived in seven and grown up among five languages, her most comfortable mode of communication is through image and multi-sensory mediums. Her extensive travels have led her to process the world through interactive experiences and the belief that the interpretation of verbal and written language has dis-served particular communities and presents more of a threat than a means of understanding. Alia’s aesthetic interests stem from people, place, and the processes which unite and divide us, all at once. Her work reflects on the politics and poetics of contested notions surrounding the topics of identity, physical borders, universality, mental/physical spaces of confinement, and the inherent dualism that exists in everything. Her work blurs the lines between what we claim to be objective and subjective, illusion and reality, truth and interpretation. Her work has been featured in publications including the Financial Times, Le Monde, Elle, Vogue, Hyperallergic, and Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Alia has won numerous awards including the LensCulture Emerging Artists Award, the Allan Sekula Social Documentary Grant, the Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Talent Award, and Gold in the Fine Art Category of the Tokyo International Foto Awards. She has exhibited internationally and has most recently shown at Galerie Peter Sillem in Frankfurt, Galerie Siniya 28 in Marrakech, Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, PhotoLondon 2019 in the UK, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Morocco, the Lianzhou Photo Festival in China, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in the Netherlands, and the Katzen Museum of Art in Washington DC. Alia has presented lectures and workshops at Harvard University, the LACMA, the Middle East Institute, Gulf Photo Plus and the Arab American Museum. In 2020, Alia will be exhibiting at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Benton Museum of Art, the CAFKA Biennial, Galerie Peter Sillem and Galerie Siniya 28. She will also be presenting her work at the College Art Association (CAA) Conference in Chicago. Alia Ali lives and works in Los Angeles and Marrakech. Her solo exhibition will remain on view in the Great Hall through August 2, 2020. ABOUT ROBERT J. DEL BONTÀ Robert J. Del Bontà (Ph.D. The University of Michigan, 1978) has been loosely affiliated with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco since 1978 where he taught courses and curated many shows. He has curated major exhibitions for the Berkeley Art Museum (1999 and 2017); The University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (two in 2003); The Portland Art Museum (2017); and was a major contributor to a large Jaina show at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York City (2009); The Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2013 and 2015); and other smaller institutions. He has lectured and published articles and catalogues on a wide range of subjects: Hindu and Jaina sculpture and architecture; Calendar art; Indian composite painting; Jaina, Sikh, Mughal, Rajasthani, and South Indian painting; 19th century photography; and more recently European engravings pertaining to Europe’s outlook on India. Friday Nights at NOMA is presented by The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate and supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.