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

Variations on a Theme: Jockum Nordström at the Contemporary Arts Center

· By Benjamin Morris

Benjamin Morris visits Jockum Nordström’s sprawling survey exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Tropical Mysticism: Cristina Molina’s “The Matriarchs”

· By Dillon Raborn

Dillon Raborn examines how New Orleans-based artist Cristina Molina uses her family history to make sense of impending ecological crisis in southern Florida.

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Sterile Surroundings: Lin Emery at Arthur Roger Gallery

· By Nora Kovacs

Nora Kovacs questions whether a gallery setting strips Lin Emery’s kinetic sculpture of its allure.

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