Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred.

5 Oct 2018 – 6 Jan 2019

Event times

Fridays from 10 AM to 9 PM; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 AM to 6 PM; Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Cost of entry

$12.00 adults | $10.00 seniors (65+) & active military with ID | $8.00 university students with ID | $6.00 children (7-12)

Children 6 and under are free.

Wednesdays are FREE admission days for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

Teenagers (ages 13-19) receive free admission to NOMA through the end of 2018 thanks to The Helis Foundation.

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The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the first major museum presentation of the work of Lina Iris Viktor.


On view October 5, 2018 through January 6, 2019, Viktor has created a new body of work to be presented in NOMA’s Great Hall that explores the factual and fantastical narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of the West African nation of Liberia.

Founded in 1817 by the American Colonization Society, Liberia was originally conceived of as a conduit for the resettlement of free-born and formerly enslaved black Americans in Africa, in large part due to fear of an uprising upon the abolition of slavery. Throughout A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, Viktor reimagines Liberia’s colonial past through the lens of the ‘Libyan Sibyl’ figure of classical antiquity, who was said to predict ill-fated futures and would later re-emerge as a common motif in the art and literature of the American abolitionist movement. Viktor, who was raised in London to Liberian parents, is widely recognized for her richly gilded paintings, works on paper and installations that interweave references to modern and traditional West African textile culture, cosmic abstractions and evocative figurative imagery.

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