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

Barbie Dreams: Susan Bowers at Barrister’s Gallery

· By Charlie Tatum

Charlie Tatum writes about Susan Bower’s reflections on childhood in her current show at Barrister’s Gallery.

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The Southern Half: Doris Ulmann at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art

· By Dillon Raborn

Dillon Raborn considers how Doris Ulmann’s photographs at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art create a specific image of the South.

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Speaking Up: Jerry Takigawa at the New Orleans Photo Alliance

· By Myles Poydras

Myles Poydras looks at Jerry Takigawa’s staged still-life photographs, which reexamine the painful legacy of Japanese internment in the United States.

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