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

In the Slick of It: Art and the Oil Industry in New Orleans

· By Ann Hackett

Ann Hackett explores the questions some artists and arts organizations in New Orleans are asking themselves about their relationships to the oil industry.

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Unsophisticated: Robert Williams at the LSU Museum of Art

· By Dillon Raborn

Dillon Raborn visits Robert Williams’ solo show at the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge. The exhibition features two decades of Williams’ satirical Pop Surrealist paintings.

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Old Costumes: Jane Tardo at Good Children Gallery

· By Ashley L. Voss

Ashley L. Voss visits Jane Tardo’s show at Good Children Gallery, where the artist presented sculptures made from childhood dance costumes.

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