"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." ~Leonardo da Vinci
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is an exciting place to see different styles of art from all around the globe. Many of the traveling exhibits often showcase food, dancing, paintings, photographs, sculptures, movies, and even a celebration day of a heritage from around the world. One culture I remember was a Japanese Heritage Day that had drummers in front of the steps, the Kaminiari Taiko (I think), that played ceremonial drums. Inside was anime cartoons in one corner, a Bonsai display, Ikebana (flower arrangements), a place where they wrote your name in Japanese, and dancers called the Kozakura Japan (classical Japanese dancing).
Anyway, recently in March 2010, NOMA welcomed a new exhibit that everyone from all ages could enjoy. The Dreams Come True: The Art of the Classic Fairy Tales from the Walt Disney Studio had come to New Orleans. I loved seeing the early sketches of what beloved characters we grew up with would later become. The exhibit also showed what went into making the movies of Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, and even Princess and the Frog. What was equally interesting was the names behind the characters in Princess and the Frog. Tianna, the main character, also happens to be the name of former New Orleans mayor's, Ray Nagin, daughter. And there's a fire fly who lives in the Louisiana bayous named Ray. Coincidence?
Throughout the year, you can find other treasures at NOMA. There are three floors all together. The first floor has Italian art from the 15th to 18th century and Dutch and Flemish art of the 17th century. The second floor has French art, decorative glass, photographs and prints and drawings, European art, American art, Louisiana art, contemporary art, and American furniture, and Faberge eggs! The third floor has Asian art, oceanic art, African art, and Native American art. The Courtyard Cafe has a great view, looking out at a lake near the museum.
NOMA is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Thursday is 12:30am to 8:30pm. The museum is closed all legal holidays and Mondays. Children (3-17) are $4, students (full-time) are $7, senior citizens (65+) are $7, and adults are $8.