Finding new connections. Pelican Bomb’s creative thematic exhibitions feature international artists while exploring the intersection of New Orleans’ social history and contemporary art.

Pelican Bomb isn’t just online. We’re out in the streets, bringing you exhibitions, panels, lectures, and workshops. Offering face-to-face opportunities for dialogue, learning, and engagement.

We organized our first exhibition in 2013, and, since then, have popped up in underutilized, unoccupied, or otherwise transitional spaces across the city to bring you new and meaningful experiences that connect New Orleans’ culture and social history with global conversations around contemporary art.

In February 2016, we opened Pelican Bomb Gallery X (1612 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard), our physical home for critical inquiry, artistic experimentation, and open dialogue. X functions as an additional public access point to Pelican Bomb’s extensive work with artists, writers, curators, and thinkers in and outside of New Orleans.

Be sure to check Pelican Bomb’s events calendar for upcoming exhibitions and events.

Queer Tropics

Our new group exhibition at Pelican Bomb Gallery X looking at abstract conceptions of the tropics is on view November 16, 2017–February 25, 2018.

A still from Carlos Motta’s _Nefandus_, 2013. Single-channel video with sound. Courtesy the artist and PPOW Gallery, New York.

Pelican Bomb presents “Queer Tropics,” a group exhibition that considers the abstract idea of the tropics and how that vision has been created, reinforced, and confronted. “Queer Tropics” features artworks that examine the visual and cultural systems through which one imagines the tropics as a site of leisure, sensuality, and play. New Orleans, which is often colloquially called “the northernmost Caribbean city,” is a particularly important location from which to reflect on the interconnectedness of aesthetics, tourism, and the body and the relationships between the United States, Europe, and the Global South. Alongside the exhibition, Pelican Bomb’s Art Review features a thematic series of reviews, essays, interviews, and digital artist projects to expand the conversation.

“Queer Tropics” is organized by Pelican Bomb as a satellite exhibition of “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp.”

  • “Queer Tropics”

    - Exhibition

    Our new exhibition at Pelican Bomb Gallery X looks to the tropics to examine the intersections of aesthetics, landscape, and otherness.

    Joiri Minaya, _Container #1_, 2015. Pigment print (detail). Courtesy the artist.
  • Opening Reception: “Queer Tropics”

    - Reception

    Come to Pelican Bomb Gallery X to view our new exhibition, and then head to the Drifter Hotel for a poolside after-party.

    A still from Carlos Motta’s _Nefandus_, 2013. Single-channel video with sound. Courtesy the artist and PPOW Gallery, New York.
  • “Queer Tropics” Poolside After-Party

    - Reception

    After visiting our new exhibition at Pelican Bomb Gallery X, head over to the Drifter Hotel for a night of Caribbean music, tropical cocktails, and live performances.

    The Drifter Hotel. Image via [Trendland](https://trendland.com/streamline-modernism-drifter-hotel-new-orleans/).
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