The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) recently renovated the Lapis Center for the Arts, a cultural space that allows the Museum to expand its offerings of the visual and performing arts, including film screenings, lectures, theater and dance performances and more. Designed by EskewDumezRipple, the Lapis Center features a permanent exhibit of Enrique Alférez’s massive plaster relief mural, Symbols of Communication, which line the walls of the room. Completed in 1967, the mural was originally located in the lobby of the New Orleans Times-Picayune Building and reconstructed and restored with striking precision and attention to detail to fit its new home. AOS worked with EskewDumezRipple to provide flexible seating that can accommodate up to 360 people and be arranged specific to the event.
Adjacent to the Lapis Center, the Dathel and Tommy Coleman Courtyard and Café NOMA, which is operated by the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group. Crisp white chairs and an open lounge area balance the black seating in the Lapis Center and provide guests with a comfortable place to dine. As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, the Lapis Center provides the Museum with a new platform for interdisciplinary arts, expands its opportunities for community partnerships, and creates a gathering place where the arts can be explored and experienced fully.
New Orleans, LA