The art of contemporary New Orleans.

Pelican Bomb is New Orleans’ home for critical writing and thinking about art. We connect New Orleans to global conversations in contemporary art through publishing and public projects. We bring together diverse voices to shape and reflect on art and visual culture.

Art Review Index

Art Review

Sharing our stories. Each week, Pelican Bomb publishes exhibition reviews, features, interviews, and more, engaging with artists, ideas, and artworks in our city. And in conjunction with our own exhibitions and public projects, our in-depth thematic series explore different topics through a range of critical perspectives.

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Community Supported Art

Community Supported Art

Creating new collectors. Support local artists and start (or expand) your collection of contemporary art. Pelican Bomb makes it affordable—each limited-edition work made by a New Orleans artist is just $80.

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Roving Exhibitions Index


Finding new connections. Offering face-to-face opportunities for dialogue, learning, and engagement. Pelican Bomb’s creative thematic exhibitions and large-scale public projects feature international artists while exploring the intersection of New Orleans’ social histories and contemporary art.

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Critic in Residence

Valuing diverse voices. Pelican Bomb’s Critic-in-Residence program broke ground by bringing art critics from throughout the country to New Orleans through engaging paid residencies.

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Pelican Bomb puts artists, writers, and anyone interested in art and culture in dialogue through our online publication, our exhibitions and public projects, and creative partnerships.

With a diversity of voices, high standards for content, and a willingness to experiment, we think you’ll find our perspective unique, intelligent, inspiring, and sometimes challenging, but never boring.

New On Art Review

Revised Mythologies: “New Southern Photography” at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

· By Marjorie Rawle

Marjorie Rawle considers how an exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art questions the ways we perceive regional histories.

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Mapping Queer History: An Interview with David Jack Browning, Abram Himelstein, and Aisha Rasheed

· By Ann Hackett

Ann Hackett talks to the creators of Queer Cartography about their mission to provide educational tools about New Orleans’ history.

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Nice Beads, Bro!

· By Jeffrey Augustine Songco

Carnival is still a few months away, but a series of photographs by Grand Rapids-based Jeffrey Augustine Songco channels the revelry of Mardi Gras beads and explores identity, masculinity, and brotherhood.

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