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Spring 2013


Susan M. Taylor



The first few months of the year have already flown by, but we’ve been busy here at NOMA. If you’ve visited the museum within the past few months, perhaps you’ve noticed that certain galleries have been closed at different times. This was due to a massive renovation—thanks to the hard work and support of many individuals, we were recently able to unveil new hardwood floors in our galleries. If you’ve been upstairs to our modern and contemporary wing, you’ve noticed even more drastic changes. This major rethinking of our gallery spaces is part of an ongoing effort to restructure our exhibitions and collections. As stewards of art, it is important that we continuously search for fresh, inventive ways of presenting our permanent collection to the public. Whether you’re just in town for one of the many festivals of the season, or a member who lives locally and visits every month, each museum experience is a new opportunity for learning and interpretation. Behind the scenes, our staff has been hard at work organizing and rethinking many aspects of NOMA’s collection. Our goal is to increase accessibility to the public, and eventually create narratives in our permanent collection installations that will allow visitors to draw connections to works that they might not have previously seen. Later this year, you can look forward to viewing objects in the collection that have not been on view for, in some cases, over twenty years. Stay tuned for those updates. I encourage you to visit the museum this year and witness these visible changes for yourself. Hopefully, we will show you something new about an object you’ve never seen, or always admired. In addition to these changes, there are many exciting projects on NOMA’s horizon this year. I am thrilled to introduce NOMA➔CAC, a new partnership between NOMA and the Contemporary Arts Center. This collaboration has the potential to engage NOMA’s audiences with contemporary art in a new setting. Brilliant Disguise, curated by our own Miranda Lash, is the first manifestation of this project. The highlight of the spring schedule is NOMA’s presentation of Inventing the Modern World, an exhibition that showcases some of the most beautiful, innovative decorative arts featured in the world’s fairs from 1851-1939. New Orleans has a distinctive role in the exhibition’s national tour: it is the only city to have actually hosted a world’s fair (two actually!). Those of you who remember the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans or any others of recent history, know the significance and grandeur of these events. And they were fun too! Family Day on April 20 – “Meet Me at the Fair” - will be a chance to revel in that nostalgia and share a day at the fair with people of all ages while celebrating both tradition and innovation. The exhibition is inspiration for our educational activities drawing connections between ideas and objects, art and innovation, and the celebration of man’s ingenuity at every moment in the history of world’s fairs. I invite you to view these treasures at NOMA and share your own memories of these splendid occasions with us.

Susan M. Taylor The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director


Spring 2013



1 0 Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939


4 Interview with artist Fred Villanueva, featured in Portrait of Faith: John Paul II in Life and Art 5 Pictures at the Exposition: Japanese Painters at the Fairs

6 The Story in Pictures: Social Documents from the Permanent Collection 7 Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms COLLECTIONS

8 Recent Acquisition: Works by Debbie Fleming Caffery 9 NOMA➔CAC presents Brilliant Disguise 9 NOMA on the Road

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14 Movies in the Garden

18 NOMA Donors

14 “Meet Me at the Fair” Family Day

19 NOMA Receives Grant for Mel Chin Retrospective

14 Shakespeare Returns to the Garden

20 NOMA Hosts Linda Yablonsky and Frank Stella

15 Noontime Talks

21 The Home and Art Tour Returns to the Garden District

15 India Festival

22 Mayor Mitch Landrieu Honored at Fellows Dinner

15 “Art You Can Eat” Summer Cooking Series

23 2013 NOMA Contemporaries Events


23 NOMA Welcomes Allison Gouaux as Communications and Marketing Manager

16 StoryQuest

23 Audience Responses to Lifelike

16 Edible Book Day

24 Trustees and Acknowledgments

16 NOMA Book Club Spring Schedule 16 Poets for Art 17 Studio KIDS! 17 Summer Art Camp



Pope John Paul II with Saints Venerated in New Orleans, 2002 - 2013, Fred Villanueva American, born 1973, Mixed Media including Resin, Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting, Alkyd Resin, Wax, Graphite on unstretched Canvas. Commissioned by the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

IN TERV IEW W ITH A RTIST FR ED V ILL A N U EVA , FE AT U R ED IN PORTR A IT OF FA ITH: JOHN PAU L II IN LIFE A ND A RT Portrait of Faith: John Paul II in Life and Art, an exhibition organized by the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas and the Archdiocese of New Orleans opened at NOMA on March 8, 2013. The exhibition features sculpture and painting inspired by John Paul II, in addition to photographs and memorabilia from his notable 1987 visit to New Orleans. A highlight of the display is a commissioned mural on unstretched canvas by New York artist Fred Villanueva. Villanueva, who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Parsons School of Design, primarily paints expressionist works, but has also worked in collage, photography, digital media, and sculpture. The commissioned painting, Pope John II with Saints Venerated in New Orleans, depicts Pope John Paul II, St. Louis Cathedral, and a number of saints related to New Orleans: Henriette Delille, Frances Cabrini, Katharine Drexel, Rose Philippine Duchesne, Cornelia Peacock Connelly, and Francis Xavier Seelos. Villanueva juxtaposes the appropriated figures against his abstract expressionist background. Splashes of color and bold animated brushstrokes


present a lively celebration of these beloved sacred icons. How would you describe your work? FV: I recently read a review that described my work as kinetic energy, and I love that, because that’s sort of where my work comes from. I apprenticed with Dennis Oppenheim, a kinetic and conceptual based artist, so that process of conceptual thinking still exists in my work, even though my medium is painting. Kinetic energy. Is that something you associate with John Paul II, or faith in general? I associate John Paul II with a kind of missionary outreach, especially to the youth. Even if you had nothing to do with Catholicism or faith, he was very influential to many people. He appealed to artists, to non-Catholics…he wrote plays, and was even an actor in his early life. My artistic practice embraces the thinking of not just painting, but sculpture, conceptual art, photography, performance art. In a way, you could think of some of the gestural painting in my work as ‘performance residue.’

I begin with a Pollock-type approach of painting on a large canvas on the ground, and there is no set plan when I start. I use instinct and multiple types of palettes to create the initial composition. What kind of role does religion and spirituality play in your art? It’s a genre that I enjoy working with. It offers an avenue for presenting immediately recognizable concepts in artwork. Creating sacred artwork gave me the opportunity to really express myself, and it also led me to do a lot of research on art history. You know, artists like Keith Haring did altarpieces, Barnett Newman did the Stations of the Cross... It was liberating to realize that as an artist I could make art about anything. Sacred artwork communicates a certain meaning, instead of metaphysical vagueness. At the same time, it also reconnects contemporary art with art that grew out of the patronage of the Renaissance, and concepts of the Catholic Church: love for one another and mutual respect. Portrait of Faith will be on view in NOMA’s second floor galleries through June 16, 2013.

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PICT U R E S AT THE EX POSITION: JA PA N E SE PA IN TER S AT THE FA IR S The international expositions that began in the mid-nineteenth century offered nations unprecedented opportunities to showcase and market their natural resources, manufactured goods and fine and applied arts. Few countries took greater advantage of this platform than Japan. Eager to present itself as a future economic power and diplomatic partner with the West, the Meiji government (1868-1912) spent enormous sums supporting manufacturing and international trade interests at the fairs, as well creating opportunities for cultural understanding and exchange through the construction of pavilions, gardens and exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art. Most of the cultural exhibits were “applied arts,” metalwork, lacquerware, ceramics and textiles; however ukiyo-e prints and painting had a tremendous impact on fair attendees. At the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, a (western) critic, surveying the international painting exhibits, concluded that Japan possessed “the most profound art the world has ever seen.” For Japanese painters, selection for the fairs was an incredible honor, affirming their status at home, and often providing the extraordinary opportunity to travel outside of Japan. Artists were selected for inclusion at the fairs through a state-

sponsored system of juried exhibitions, and the winners were often the leaders of newly formed art schools and organizations. Pictures at the Exposition: Japanese Painters at the Fairs, now on view in NOMA’s third floor Japanese gallery, features paintings by artists whose work was shown at fairs from the 1870s through the first decade of the twentieth century. The works illustrated here are part of a twelve-scroll series Months of the Year by Watanabe Seitei (18511918), a medal-winning exhibitor at the 1878 Paris exposition. Unusual for the time, Seitei not only attended the Paris fair but also remained in the West for three years, studying art in Europe and the United States. His paintings, while traditionally Japanese in subject, subtly incorporate the impact of western realism in their use of light, shadow and perspective. Also included in the exhibition are works by Shibata Zeshin (18071891), Taki Katei (1830-1901) and Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), among others. Drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection, as well as generous loans from the Gitter-Yelen Collection and the collection of Diane Genre, the exhibition will remain on view until July 2013. Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs/Curator of Asian Art

Twelve Months of the Year, Watanabe Setei, Japanese, 18511918, Ink and color on silk Museum purchase: Women’s Volunteer Committee Fund in memory of Edith Rosenwald Stern, 81.8.1-12



THE STORY IN PICT U R E S: SOCI A L DOCU MEN TS FROM THE PER M A N EN T COLLECTION “If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.” —Lewis Hine Hine’s oft-quoted and punchy oneliner underscores a central belief in the history of photography: only a photograph is capable of telling a certain kind of story. When words fail, photographers have shouldered the burden of both heavy equipment and the role of social historian in pursuit of these visual narratives. These photographs function, in the words of photographer Walker Evans, as “lyric documents,” part poetry, part information. NOMA has long had a deep collection of early social documentary work by photographers such as Hine, Evans, and Dorothea Lange but recently the museum acquired four significant groups of photographs by later twentieth and twenty-first century photographers. NOMA’s summer photography exhibition will feature recent acquisitions of work by Milton Rogovin (American, 1909–2011), Leon Levinstein (American, 1910–1988), Frank Paulin (American, born 1926), and Debbie Fleming Caffery (American, born 1948) in the context of earlier social

documentary and street photography from the collection. The exhibition invites you to consider the relationship between art and document and the role of the photographer as storyteller. Galvanized by passion for social activism, Milton Rogovin documented the struggles and dignity of working class people. He allowed his subjects – miners, steelworkers, church leaders, and others–to show multiple facets of their lives through comparisons of home and work spaces or in serial portraits over time. Leon Levinstein explored the ever-changing pockets of life on the streets. Ceaselessly walking and photographing in New Orleans, New York and elsewhere, Levinstein shot photographs of faces juxtaposed in tight frames, and funny, alienating or endearing encounters between strangers. Frank Paulin, who began photographing during his service in WWII, also worked in New Orleans, confronting grim-faced men on street corners and coaxing shy, smiling children on porch steps to pose for him. Debbie Fleming Caffery (born in New Iberia, Louisiana) often emphasizes the deep emotional relationship between

Cannery Worker, Louisiana, 1911, Lewis Wickes Hine (American, 1874-1940), Gelatin silver print, Museum purchase, Women’s Volunteer Committee Fund and Dr. Ralph Fabacher, 73.125


people and place. Her pictures of the sugar cane fields intersperse intimate portraits of the workers with intense images of the fields shrouded in darkness or ablaze during the pre-harvest burning. In 2012, the museum received over 160 of Milton Rogovin’s photographs from several donors: thirty-five from William and Marilyn Braunstein, thirty-one from Mr. and Mrs. Steve Spile, and fifty-five from Mr. and Mrs. Jon Vein, six from Dan Fauci, and thirtysix from Philip Greider. In addition, twelve Frank Paulin photographs were a gift of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York and forty-nine photographs by Leon Levinstein were given by Israel and Caryl Englander. These generous gifts to the permanent collection made 2012 a significant one for the growth of the photography department. For more information on the monumental acquisition of Debbie Caffery’s work, please see page 8. The Story in Pictures will be on view in the Templeman Galleries from May 31 to August 25, 2013. Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs

Cuz (Franklin, Louisiana), 1976, Debbie Fleming Caffery (American, born 1948), Gelatin silver print, Museum purchase, 2013.1.41

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Herald, 2011, Hand carved mahogany frame with gilding, HD LED television, speakers, Edition 1 of 3, Courtesy of the artist and Marlborough Chelsea, New York

R A SH A A D N EWSOME: K ING OF A R MS This summer the New Orleans Museum of Art will celebrate the third installment of its Great Hall exhibition series with a solo show by renowned video, performance, and collage artist Rashaad Newsome (born 1979). His first solo exhibition in Louisiana, Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms explores the artist’s interest in ornament, systems of heraldry, and Baroque grandeur. A New Orleans native and graduate of Tulane University, Newsome rose to prominence in New York during the last decade due to the critical success of his video and performance art pieces featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, P.S.1’s “Greater New York” exhibition. Newsome has exhibited his work in museums throughout the United States and internationally, recently completing projects in 2012 for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Feast Projects during the Hong Kong International Art fair. He had a solo exhibition in 2011 at the Wadsworth Athenaeum, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Drawing Center in New York in spring 2014. NOMA is

presenting the second solo museum exhibition in his career. Newsome’s King of Arms project presents the third installment of his “Heraldry” series, inspired by Western European coats of arms. Taking historic heraldic imagery as his inspiration, Newsome fuses signs of royalty and nobility with elements of hip-hop culture in his videos and collages. For example, his elaborate framed collage Duke of NOLA features a central armorial shield that is topped at the crest with an image of hip-hop musician (and fellow New Orleans native) Juvenile. Newsome has created two previous video and performance projects related to this series: Pursuivant and Herald. The videos demonstrate a progression of accumulating titles and arms. In each installment Newsome is bestowed a higher “level” of power: for example, “pursuivant” indicating a junior officer of arms, and “herald” indicating an officer of arms according to English custom. “King of Arms” indicates a senior rank, and signifies the culmination of Newsome’s quest.

The King of Arms exhibition will include over a dozen of the artist’s large-scale collages, many of which will be public view for the first time. In conjunction with the exhibition, Newsome will begin work on a new video production also titled King of Arms. The video will capture a performance by Newsome, featuring a coronation ceremony and a “second line” of dancers, revelers, and New Orleans high school musicians, who have been inducted as members of Newsome’s newly formed Mardi Gras-inspired “King of Arms” krewe. Shot in City Park and at NOMA, this event will be professionally filmed and made into a future video artwork. The public will have the opportunity to view an exclusive preview of the King of Arms video piece created during this performance during a screening at NOMA on September 13, 2013. Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms will be on view June 21 through September 15, 2013. Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art



Recent Acquisition

WOR K S BY DEBBIE FLEMING CA FFERY The New Orleans Museum of Art is delighted to announce the landmark acquisition of 181 photographs by Louisiana-based artist Debbie Fleming Caffery (born 1948, in New Iberia, LA). The Caffery collection comprises representative examples from each of her major bodies of work including Sugar Cane, Mexico, Polly, Gators, and Katrina. The collection is one of NOMA’s most important photography acquisitions to date. Caffery is one of the most important Louisiana based photographers working today. Her work has been shown internationally and exists in many major museum collections, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA in New York, to the Bibiothèque nationale de France in Paris. She was awarded a Guggenheim grant, perhaps

Harry’s Hands, 1984, Debbie Fleming Caffery, American, born 1948, Gelatin silver print


the most prestigious award in the field of photography, in 2005. Characterized by dark, shadowy forms and blurred movements, Caffery’s work often emphasizes the deep emotional relationship between people and place. Her pictures of the sugar cane fields, made over a forty year period, intersperse intimate portraits of the workers with intense images of the land that they work shrouded in darkness or ablaze during the pre-harvest burning of the fields. This ongoing project, which also represents her earliest sustained work, set the tone for her career during which she would often seek out cultures in which seemingly opposed forces effectively co-exist. Her work in Mexico, for example, juxtaposed images of religious rituals with emotive pictures of the night life in a cantina that also served

as a brothel. In her most closely focused body of work, Polly, Caffery produced a series of pictures of Polly Joseph, who lived in an abandoned cabin. Alternately touching or haunting, these images amount to a powerful portrait of an existence practically carved out of the land and beholden to it. The collection has been purchased for the museum with funds generously provided by Paul Fleming. This acquisition will give NOMA the largest and broadest representation of Caffery’s work in any institution. Since she is actively exhibited, nationally and internationally, portions of this collection will no doubt be regularly requested for loan. In addition, the collection will present numerous possibilities for future NOMA publications and exhibitions.

PaPa, 1987, Debbie Fleming Caffery, American, born 1948, Gelatin silver print

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NOMA ON THE ROAD Institutions from all over the world regularly seek out objects from NOMA’s permanent collection to include in their own exhibitions. Here are just two paintings that will be out this summer.

NOMA➔CAC PR E SEN TS BR ILLI A NT DISGU ISE This year, NOMA is partnering with the Contemporary Arts Center to present a series of special programs and exhibitions under the name NOMA➔CAC. The New Orleans Museum of Art is pleased to be collaborating with the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, on an exhibition that will be presented this spring at the CAC. Entitled Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations, this exhibition explores the motivations and meanings behind masking and disguise, as it is manifested in contemporary art and in masks of different cultures. Since time immemorial people have used masks and disguises as a means of assuming an alternate identity. In some cases masks allow the wearer to theatrically perform a character, in others instances the secrecy afforded by a mask permits the wearer to more freely express their true nature, still in others, the spiritual power or prestige residing in the mask itself becomes a channel for conveying power. From the festival to the confessional, masks protect their wearers from the societal judgments of everyday life, and allow

them to function on an alternate plane. For artists working in recent decades, masks and disguise provide a means of portraying identity itself as a construct or a line of inquiry to be challenged and manipulated. The exhibition Brilliant Disguise was influenced and inspired by New Orleans and its Mardi Gras, which has a rich history of masking. Brilliant Disguise: Masks and Other Transformations is organized by Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at NOMA. Exhibiting artists include: John Graham, Nikki Lee, Jim Nutt, Yasumasa Morimura, Boo Ritson, Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare, Lorna Simpson, and John Waters. This exhibition will be on view March 7 through June 16, 2013 on the second floor of the Contemporary Arts Center, in the Lupin Foundation Gallery. Stay tuned for announcements of future NOMA➔CAC collaborations.

Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) (still), 2004; Yinka Shonibare, MBE; High Definition Digital Video; Duration: 32 minute loop © The Artist /Courtesy James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai

Camille Pissaro French, 1830-1903 Garden of the Tuileries in Wintere, 1900 Oil on canvas; The Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford Collection, EL.1977.12 AS PART OF THE EXHIBITION

Camille Pissarro Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain June 4- September 15, 2013

Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain October 15, 2013- Janury 26, 2014

Richard Diebenkorn American, 1922- 1993 Woman on Porch, 1958 Oil on canvas; Museum purchase through the National Endowment for the Arts Matching Grant, 77.64 AS PART OF THE EXHIBITION

Robert Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953-1966 de Young Museum, San Francisco, California June 22- September 29, 2013


Inventing the Modern World DECORATIVE ARTS AT THE WORLD’S FAIRS, 1851-1939

Cobra Chair, 1902, Carlo Bugatti, Italian, 1856–1940. Parchment-covered wood with paint, pencil and copper. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Berdan Memorial Trust Fund, Helen Johnston Acquisition Fund, and Decorative Arts Purchase Fund, 95.16.

The groundbreaking exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939, co-organized by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, is the first to comprehensively examine the intersections between design, science, and ingenuity during this captivating period. Containing nearly 200 objects from thirty-eight lenders in nearly a dozen countries, Inventing the Modern World celebrates the achievements in decorative arts at the world’s fairs. The exhibition is a testament to the vital role that the world’s fairs played in spurring and disseminating technical and aesthetic innovations in an increasingly modern world. In 1851, Albert, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom, and the architect Henry Cole realized their grand vision for an international exhibition—the Crystal Palace— to showcase the traditions and aspirations, the accomplishments and assimilations, and the handicraft and machinery of many nations of the world. This noble endeavor, known officially as the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, had a more particular motivation: to inspire improvements in design of the industrial or decorative arts. Their legacy is 140 events held over 160 years in thirty countries throughout the globe, firmly establishing the role of the world’s fairs as the most important global forum for displaying technological advancements and defining innovative design. Referred to during this period by a variety of terms (including universal exhibition, international exhibition, and exposition universelle), world’s fairs promoted international pride and competition, inspiring artists and manufacturers from around the globe to experiment with materials and processes in new and fascinating ways. Marvels such as the sewing machine and the telephone, as well as architectural novelties like the Eiffel Tower and the Ferris Wheel, made their debuts at these fairs. Many of the exhibitions were broad in scope, displaying decorative arts alongside paintings, sculpture, and agricultural products; others concentrated on the decorative arts alone. Both types of exhibitions functioned as showcases and marketplaces for design. As the most important vehicles for debuting advancements in modern living to an international audience on a large scale, the fairs held between 1851 and 1939 democratized design unlike any previous forum. Decorative arts, particularly objects crafted in metal, glass, clay, textile, and wood, were the physical manifestation of the progressive, economic, and technological ideals embodied in the exhibition. They are among the only surviving elements of the ephemeral events. These singular objects—the pinnacle of scientific and artistic achievements of their time—demonstrate inventive or revived fabrication


techniques, embody cross-cultural and cross-national influences, and reflect the significant nationalist objectives that shaped the competition inherent in the events. In their designs, methods, and materials, they signaled a better and brighter future, a mantra still adopted at the world’s fairs today. Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 will be on view in the Ella West Freeman Galleries from April 12-August 4, 2013.

This exhibition is made possible through a generous grant from national presenting sponsor Wells Fargo, and additional funding is provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for the presentation at the New Orleans Museum of Art is provided by: Jolie and Robert Shelton, International Well Testers, Inc., City of New Orleans, Frischhertz Electric Company, Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation, The Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund, and The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jason T. Busch, Chief Curator and The Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Catherine L. Futter, The Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

Above Coupe, ca. 1867, Charles Duron, French, 1814–1872, gate with gilded and enameled brass. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Women’s Committee Acquisition Fund, Gift of Baroness Cassel Van Doorn, by exchange, and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 2008.76. Opposite page, top Tea Service, ca. 1902–1903., Jutta Sika, designer, Austrian, 1877–1964. Wiener Porzellan-Manufaktur, Josef Böck, manufacturer, Austria (Vienna), 1828–1960. Porcelain. Lent by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota, Opposite page, bottom 1984 New Orleans World’s Fair, Cables at Future Convention Center, 1984, printed 2013, Joshua Mann Pailet American, born 1950, Archival pigment print, courtesy of the artist

“Decorative arts... were the physical manifestation of the progressive, economic, and technological ideals embodied in the exhibition. ”


NEW ORLEANS AND THE FAIRS New Orleans is the only hosting venue of Inventing the Modern World that has also been the site of two world’s fairs. Although both the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition and the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition were loved by locals, they did not reach attendance expectations and were economic failures. The 1884 Expo, meant to mark the centennial of the cotton industry, opened on December 16, 1884, in the current site of Audubon Park. For many, the exciting event brought hope and the chance to promote New Orleans as a place of economic development. One attraction of the fair was the display of several types of experimental electric streetcars. At the time, the Exposition boasted a monumental public display of electricity, and its largest building was the largest in the country. The Horticultural Hall, the largest greenhouse in the world, remained standing in New Orleans until it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1915. The 1984 Louisiana World Exposition was the last world’s fair to be held in the United States, and is noted for being the only world’s fair to declare bankruptcy. Despite its shortcomings, it is still the source of many fond memories for New Orleans residents. Held along the Mississippi River and the Warehouse District, its biggest legacy was the creation of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, which still exists today. The 1984 Expo also featured the Mississippi Aerial River Transit (MART), a gondola lift that transported passengers from the Warehouse District across the Mississippi River to Algiers.

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SPECTACLE AND SPECTATOR In conjunction with Inventing the Modern World, NOMA is proud to present Spectacle and Spectator: Joshua Mann Pailet’s Photographs of the 1984 World’s Fair. From March 1 to June 13, eight large-scale prints by Pailet will be on display in the Great Hall. These prints, many never before seen, have been recently produced from original negatives that Pailet made while serving as an official photographer for the U.S. pavilion for the 1984 World Expo in New Orleans. With complete access, Pailet vigilantly roamed the fair, creating dramatic records of both the observers and the observed, from monumental images of stage performers to behind the scenes images of the construction of the fair.

These upcoming lectures are just a few programs that are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition. For a full list, visit “Behind the Scenes of Inventing the Modern World” | April 12, 6 p.m. by exhibition curators Catherine Futter and Jason T. Busch Lisa Dennison, Chairman of Sotheby’s North and South America May 17, 6 p.m. (in the museum) (Private event for NOMA Circles to follow) “Louis Comfort Tiffany at the Fairs” | June 7, 6 p.m. by Nonnie Frelinghuysen, Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art “The 1884 World’s Fair, William Woodward & Women’s Education” | June 14, 6 p.m. by Judith H. Bonner, Senior Curator at the Historic New Orleans Collection



IN & OU T AT NOM A In addition to all regular Friday Nights at NOMA, the museum has planned a calendar full of outdoor events perfect for the entire family. Films, festivals, theater, art activities, scavenger hunts, and more! Mark your calendar for these programs:

Admission: $6 adults $3 children 7-17, NOMA/NOFS members FREE for children under 6 Full museum admission offers guests access to museum and sculpture garden.



Friday, April 12 Meet Me in St. Louis Friday, May 17 Beasts of the Southern Wild NOMA and the New Orleans Film Society continue the Movies in the Garden film series. Join us in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden for programs including live music and art activities. Food vendors will be on site so you can purchase dinner before the show!

Shakespeare in the Garden


Holy Cross Robotics Club, Bike Easy, and jewelry artist Vitrice McMurry, and more! Please call (504) 658-4100 or visit for more information. This event is included with museum admission.


Saturday, April 20; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

May 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24, 26; 7 p.m.

In celebration of the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939, NOMA is hosting “Meet Me at the Fair” Family Day. This day of family-friendly activities includes live music by Wayne Daigrepont and a Barber Shop Quartet, art activities by NOMA and Young Audiences, special tours of the exhibition, a scavenger hunt, StoryQuest, demonstrations by the

NOMA and the NOLA Project are delighted to partner once again in a spring presentation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The classic comedy tells the story of two young lovers soon to wed, Hero and Claudio, who conspire to get their verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles, Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

India Fest. Artwork (detail) by Maya Irimpen MD.

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Tickets will be available for purchase online and at the admissions desk of the museum during regular museum hours starting on April 16. NOMA is proud to be the recent recipient of the 2013 Business Recognition Award, presented by the Big Easy Theater Awards! We will continue to deliver first-rate theater to the community. Congratulations also to Kathlyn Carson and Kate Kuen, actresses from our recent production of As You Like It, for getting nominated for Best Actress and winning Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy, respectively. Admission: $18 General Admission $10 NOMA members/university students/children 7-17 Children under 6 will not be admitted

NOONTIME TALKS Wednesdays in May, 12 p.m. Wednesdays are FREE at NOMA! Join special guests and NOMA curators for casual, informative, and interactive

talks centering around one theme or object from the museum’s permanent collection or visiting exhibitions, such as Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs. The full schedule will be announced soon; check or call (504) 658-4100 for details.

INDIA FESTIVAL Saturday, May 11; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. NOMA and The Indian Arts Circle of New Orleans are collaborating to present the first ever India Fest this spring. The festival, which will be the largest celebration of India in Louisiana, will incorporate various aspects of Indian culture from the traditional to the modern. Events will include demonstrations, performances, music, art activities, dancing, and more! Please call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma. org or for more information. Admission: $5 per guest FREE for NOMA members/children under 6

“ART YOU CAN EAT” SUMMER COOKING SERIES Friday nights at 6 p.m.; June 7 – August 2, 2013 “Art You Can Eat” returns to Café NOMA this summer! This nine-week series features the artful culinary creations of Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group chefs and special guests. Fridays from June 7 – August 2, 2013, at 6 p.m., chefs from Café NOMA, Ralph’s on the Park, Red Fish Grill, café b, and Heritage Grill will lead an interactive, educational, and delicious cooking event celebrating NOMA exhibitions and the culinary arts of New Orleans. “Art You Can Eat” is an interactive demonstration of the tips and tricks behind classic and contemporary cooking, mixology and presentation, with special emphasis on professional techniques made easy. These guests are to be determined, so check NOMA’s website at www.noma. org for updated information on specific hosts and event topics. Tickets will be distributed at 5 p.m. at the museum’s front desk on a first come first served basis. “Art You Can Eat” is included with museum admission.



LITER A RY A RTS Art and literature go hand in hand. Join us for programs that can bring out the literary lover in anyone.

STORYQUEST Select Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. It’s story time at NOMA! Spark imagination, creativity, and a love of reading at StoryQuest. Professional authors, actors and artists bring the world of children’s literature to NOMA in this family series, perfect for ages 2-8. StoryQuest begins with interactive readings of selected stories, then families search the museum and sculpture garden for works of art related to the stories. Each StoryQuest features a different theme; see what’s coming up this spring! April 6 Flowers April 20 Contraptions May 25 Hats Off! June 8 Birds June 22 Pets

Visitors are encouraged to come and view the cakes, which will be displayed in Café NOMA and judged by a panel of local celebrities. Following the awards ceremony, Brett Gauthier, Executive Pastry Chef of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, will give a demonstration called “Cakes, Tips, and Tricks.” Contact Sheila Cork at (504) 658-4117 or for more information. Admission: Included with regular museum admission

NOMA BOOK CLUB SPRING SCHEDULE April The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson May The Forger’s Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century by Edward Dolnick

EDIBLE BOOK DAY Friday, April 5; 5 – 7 p.m. Edible Book Day is an international celebration of books. NOMA is hosting a cake contest where competitors can show off creativity and baking skills. Contestants have been asked to bake and decorate cakes that are inspired by a book, whether through incorporation of text or physical likeness. Cakes will be judged in the following categories: Funniest/Punniest, Best Visual Presentation, Most Creative, Most Like a Book, and Professional. 16

June The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier Each month a different work of fiction or non-fiction with museum or art-related content is selected for discussion. The Book Club also gets treated to lectures and discussions by curators, and often goes on field trips correlating with each book. Check the calendar for meeting dates and times. For expanded descriptions on these book selections, check the web at

To join or for more information, please contact Sheila Cork at (504) 658-4117 or scork@noma. org. The Museum Shop offers a 20% discount on NOMA Book Club items when you show your Book Club card.

POETS FOR ART April 14, 3 p.m. April is National Poetry Month, and NOMA is celebrating with a literacyinspired program: Poets for Art. Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane will give a poetry reading in the auditorium, followed by a book signing in the Museum Shop. As part of Poets for Art, Kane will also be spending the weekend in NOMA’s galleries, working with local students. She will offer criticism and feedback on poems they wrote based on works in NOMA’s collection. One of Anne Sexton’s graduate poetry students at Boston University, Julie Kane moved to Louisiana in 1976, and has been teaching at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches since 1999. Kane’s 2003 book Rhythm & Booze was Maxine Kumin’s selection for the National Poetry Series, and a finalist for the 2005 Poets’ Prize. Kane is also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the George Bennett Fellowship in Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy, two New Orleans Writer-in-Residence terms at Tulane University, a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Poetry Award, the Open Poetry Sonnet Prize, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. Poets for Art is supported by funds from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

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GET CR E ATI V E IN NOM A’S ST U DIO STUDIO KIDS! This April and May, NOMA offers four two-hour workshops for children ages 5-12. StudioKIDS! encourages creativity and imagination. Choose one or come to all four! Class projects are inspired by works of art from NOMA’s permanent collection and traveling exhibitions. Classes are limited to fifteen students, so sign up now! To register or for more information, call (504) 658-4128 or email

Saturday, April 6 Spring into Flowers Celebrate the Louisiana Iris by exploring the wide variety of this native flower in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. In the classroom, students will work with oil pastels to create their own bouquets. Saturday, April 13 Travel Journals World’s Fairs were windows to the world in one convenient location. Create a bound travel journal and document your visit to the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939.

Saturday, May 18 Printing Across Cultures Visit the exhibition Inventing the Modern World to see how the fairs showcased works from many cultures. Sketch your favorite designs in the galleries, then turn sketches into relief prints in the classroom. Learn basic printmaking techniques and print on multiple surfaces including textiles and paper. Saturday, May 25 Inventive Jewelry Innovative manufacturing processes and materials were essential to the world’s fairs. Get inspired by the play with technology and materials when creating alternative pins, rings, and necklaces using non-traditional materials. Cost per class: $25 members/$30 non-members

“On the Stage” Performing Arts 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Children spend the summer creating works of art in the studio and on the stage at NOMA! NOMA’s art camps are led by professional teaching artists in a variety of disciplines. Summer art camp is divided into classes for children ages 5-8 and 9-12. These weekly camps are offered Monday through Friday from June 3 through August 2 (except for the week of July 4). Students may sign up for a full day, or choose to participate in morning or afternoon classes only. (Full day students must bring their own lunch.) Our teaching artists emphasize imagination and creativity as they encourage the development of technical skills. All camps explore NOMA’s permanent collection or special exhibitions.


Visit for a full roster of camps.

“In the Studio” Visual Arts 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Contact Elise Solomon at (504) 658-4128 or with questions or to register your child.


DONORS The New Orleans Museum of Art gratefully acknowledges our donors. We appreciate your continued support of NOMA and its mission. Thank you!

NOMA BUSINESS COUNCIL as of March 1, 2013


Foundation and Government Support

Corporate and Individual Support

$500,000 and above

$100,000 and above


The Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Zemurray Foundation

Sydney and Walda Besthoff Jolie and Robert Shelton and International Well Testers Inc. Wells Fargo

Superior Energy Services, Inc.

$200,000 - $499,999

$50,000 - $99,999

Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC

Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen


The Azby Fund Helis Foundation

$150,000 - $199,999 The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences

$100,000 - $149,999 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts The Collins C. Diboll Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999 City of New Orleans Frischhertz Electric Company Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau The Windgate Charitable Foundation Edward Wisner Donation

$20,000 - $49,999 The Bertuzzi Family Foundation Friends of the Collectors – Japanese Textiles The Harry T. Howard III Foundation The Louisiana Division of the Arts The Lupin Foundation National Endowment of the Arts The Selley Foundation State of Louisiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor The RosaMary Foundation

$10,000 - $19,999 Étant Donnés, The French American Fund for Contemporary Art The Garden Study Club of New Orleans Goldring Family Foundation Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust

$20,000 - $49,999

Gold Chevron

Bayou Lacombe Construction Company

Anonymous Donor Chevron Richard C. Colton Jr. Diane Genre IBERIABANK Liberty Bank and Trust Peoples Health Superior Energy Services Inc. Whitney Bank


$10,000 - $19,999

President’s Circle

Adrea D. Heebe

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi

Boh Bros. Construction Company, L.L.C. Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company Hotel Monteleone


Mr. and Mrs. Sydney J. Besthoff III

In-Kind Corporate Donations

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph O. Brennan

$50,000 - $74,999

Dr. and Mrs. Ludovico Feoli

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

$20,000 - $49,999

Mr. and Mrs. David F. Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Hansel Ms. Adrea D. Heebe and Mr. Dominick A. Russo Jr.

The Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group Landis Construction NOLA Media Group

Mrs. Paula L. Maher

$5,000 - $9,999

Jolie and Robert Shelton

American Aquatic Gardens Soniat House Hotel

$1,000 - $4,999 Kentwood Spring Water Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers Dooky Chase’s Restaurant Degas House

Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Mayer Mrs. Robert Nims Mr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Sherrill Mrs. Patrick F. Taylor

Director’s Circle Mrs. Jack R. Aron Mr. Justin T. Augustine III The Booth-Bricker Fund Mr. and Mrs. Daryl G. Byrd

As of March 1, 2013

For additional information on exhibition sponsorship and program support, please contact the museum’s Department for Development and External Affairs at (504) 658-4107. 18

International-Matex Tank Terminals

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Coleman Mr. Leonard A. Davis Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Favrot Jr. Dr. and Mrs. John F. Fraiche Ms. Tina Freeman and Mr. Philip Woollam Mrs. Lawrence D. Garvey

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Mrs. JoAnn Flom Greenberg

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Lemann

Mr. Jerry Heymann

Dr. Edward D. Levy Jr.

Ms. Kay McArdle

Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Lewis

Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Moffitt

Dr. and Mrs. E. Ralph Lupin

Dr. Howard and Dr. Joy D. Osofsky

Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Masinter

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Patrick

Mr. and Mrs. R. King Milling

Mrs. Charles S. Reily, Jr.

Mrs. Ellis Mintz

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen

The James R. Moffett Family Foundation

Ms. Debra B. Shriver Mr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Soltis Margaret B. and Joel J. Soniat Mrs. Harold H. Stream Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Thomas

Patron’s Circle Dr. Ronald G. Amedee and Dr. Elisabeth H. Rareshide Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Boh Mr. E. John Bullard III

Robert and Myrtis Nims Foundation Dr. Andrew Orestano Dr. and Mrs. James F. Pierce Mr. and Mrs. James J. Reiss Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Renwick Mr. and Mrs. George G. Rodrigue Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shearer Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Siegel Mr. and Mrs. Lynes R. Sloss

Dr. and Mrs. Isidore Cohn Jr.

Ms. E. Alexandra Stafford and Mr. Raymond M. Rathle Jr.

Mrs. John J. Colomb Jr.

Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford

Mr. and Mrs. Prescott N. Dunbar

Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Strub

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy B. Francis

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Stumpf Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. James J. Frischhertz

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. George

Ms. Catherine Burns Tremaine

Mr. and Mrs. Erik F. Johnsen

Mrs. Hendrik Willem van Voorthuysen

Mr. Henry M. Lambert and Mr. R. Carey Bond

Mrs. John N. Weinstock

Mr. and Mrs. H. Merritt Lane III

Mrs. Henry H. Weldon

Mr. Paul J. Leaman Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Brent Wood

NOM A R ECEI V E S M A JOR GR A N T FOR MEL CHIN R ETROSPECTI V E The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has recently awarded the New Orleans Museum of Art a generous grant to support the upcoming 2014 Mel Chin: Rematch exhibition and accompanying publication. These funds will directly support the culmination of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Miranda Lash’s ongoing, threeyear Mel Chin Retrospective Research Project, currently funded by the foundation. The recently awarded funds will support a retrospective exhibition that will highlight the most significant objects and projects of Mel Chin’s career from the 1970s to present. Mel Chin: Rematch will be the most expansive presentation of the artist’s work to-date, the outgrowth of extensive research and archiving of Chin’s past work and artistic practice, and will uncover rarely seen materials from the past four decades. The Andy Warhol Foundation’s gift also supports an exhibition catalogue that will contain scholarly essays and an illustrated chronology of Mel Chin’s career. Mel Chin: Rematch is scheduled for February 21 – May 25, 2014 at NOMA. Please look for updates and exhibition teasers on www.noma. org, in the e-newsletter and other sources as this monumental exhibition draws near.

Above Operation of the Sun through the Cult of the Hand [Saturn: Deception and Digestion], 1987, Mel Chin, Rawhide, lead with vein patterns from a human head, salt, Courtesy of the artist. Right 9-11/ 9-11 graphic novella, 2008, Ink on paper, Courtesy of the artist.







1. Miranda Lash, Jim Richard and Linda Yablonsky 2. Stella’s chalkboard sketches 3. Frank Stella and Donna Perret Rosen


NOMA started 2013 off with guest lectures by two significant professionals in the contemporary art world: art critic and journalist Linda Yablonsky and artist Frank Stella. On January 18, Linda Yablonsky gave a lecture in the Stern Auditorium on the work of painter Jim Richard. Yablonsky covers the international art world in her popular column for Artforum’s “Scene and Herd” online diary. She is a frequent contributor to T: The New York Time Style Magazine as well as to Elle and W magazines, the Art Newspaper and Wallpaper magazine, among other publications. She previously wrote an essay in 2008 for the catalogue Jim Richard: Painting Once Removed. Distinguished American painter and printmaker Frank Stella spoke to a packed auditorium—whose crowd overflowed into the Great Hall— on March 1. NOMA Director

Susan M. Taylor led the discussion with Stella, who treated the audience to lessons, complete with chalkboard sketches, on minimalism, art history, and the art world. (“The flatter it is, the more abstract it is, at least in my generation,” he said.) He also gave a detailed explanation of his 1978 painting Scramble: Ascending Yellow Values, Descending Spectrum, which features squares in each color of the color spectrum nestled inside one another, separated by yellow squares in varying shades. The title, he remarked, is “incredibly accurate.” Scramble is a promised gift to NOMA from Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin Rosen. Stella’s lecture was the first in an annual series sponsored by the Rosens, who are longtime supporters of the museum. Special thanks to the Rosens for generously funding this new program at NOMA.

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1. Home and Art Tour Chairs Pamela Rogers and Carol Hall

On Saturday, March 9, art and architecture lovers were allowed access to private homes filled with a myriad of art, family heirlooms, and unique dÊcor. All of the homes in the tour were located in the Garden District neighborhood of New Orleans. Special thanks to the gracious hosts and homeowners: Susan Kittredge Hoskins, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stall, Ms. Patricia Strachan, Mrs. Dorothy Weisler, and homeowners who wish to remain anonymous. A new feature of this year’s tour was the addition of a priority ticket and patron home. Guests with priority tickets were given early access to the homes, and those who toured the exclusive patron home were also treated to a catered lunch. As with all NOMA Home and Art Tours, a boutique was also set up at one of the locations, so visitors could enjoy some shopping.

Carol Short, the NOMA Volunteer Committee Chair, and Carol Hall and Pamela Rogers, the Co-Chairs of the Home and Art Tour, wish to also express their gratitude to their fifty dedicated committee members, and the countless volunteers who gave their time and energy to assist with the event. Thank you to Jeri Nims, the underwriter of the 2013 NOMA Home and Art Tour. Other sponsors of the event include JoAnn Greenberg, New Orleans Auction Galleries, American Standard, Frischhertz Services, Hurwitz Mintz Furniture, and Sally E. Richards. Thanks to Coffee Roasters of New Orleans, Kentwood Water, and Ventura Uniform Service for donating their goods and services.




Dr. Richard L. Strub, Ann Strub, Dana Hansel, and Stephen Hansel

Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Susan M. Taylor and David Edwards


Pixie and Jimmy Reiss

This year’s Fellows Dinner, an annual event held to honor NOMA’s Circles and Fellows members, honored Mayor Mitch Landrieu as the recipient of the Isaac Delgado Memorial Award. The dinner was on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Mayor Landrieu has shown his committment to the arts and to NOMA. By championing the arts and culture of New Orleans, he understands that promoting and enhancing the arts can impact the quality of life for all New Orleanians. NOMA’s many physical improvements – current and future – are due to his tenacity and support. Director Susan M. Taylor said, “Each time we have seen each other since we met, he has invariably asked ‘how can I help you?’ or said ‘let me know what you need.’ So….what we have needed over the last two and half years is a true advocate and ally; someone who can get things

done for and on behalf of the museum. And he has done that time and again.” His leadership in this field is not only recognized in New Orleans but nationally as well. He was recently the recipient of the 2013 Public Leadership in the Arts Award by the Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1975, the honor of the Isaac Delgado Memorial Award has always gone to someone who has given distinguished service and extraordinary support to the museum. NOMA’s Fellows and Circles members contribute approximately $900,000 to the museum in unrestricted funds each year. These generous donations ensure the museum’s financial stability, and support exhibitions, programmings, and educational initiatives.

Cheryl Landrieu, Leah Chase and Mitch Landrieu


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2013 NOMA CONTEMPOR ARIES EVENTS Love contemporary art? Join the Contemporaries, an affinity group for individuals interested in learning about contemporary art, meeting artists, and supporting exhibitions, programs, and art acquisitions in NOMA’s contemporary department. The cost of affiliation to the Contemporaries is $1,000. These dues are in addition to NOMA membership dues (which begin at $60 for individuals and $75 for families). For more information, call Miranda Lash at (504) 658-4138. NOMA Contemporaries enjoy: Bi-monthly events, including tours of local artist studios and private collections A guided visit through the Saint Claude Arts District, New Orleans’ most vibrant destination for experimental emerging art A guided trip in December to Art Basel Miami Beach and the surrounding fairs and private collections The opportunity to vote on an acquisition of a work of art for NOMA’s contemporary collection (based off a selection)

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DocuMart Arts Quarterly (ISSN 0740-9214) is published by the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124 © 2013, New Orleans Museum of Art. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or reprinted without permission of the publisher.



Lifelike, organized by the Walker Art Center, closed at NOMA on February 3, 2013. This international group exhibition invited a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations. The result was works that are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal.


Here’s what some visitors had to say:

NOMA is pleased to announce the addition of Allison Gouaux, APR to the staff as Communications and Marketing Manager. Gouaux is a native of Thibodaux, Louisiana and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. After college, she received an M.A. in Advertising and PR from the University of Alabama. Gouaux received her APR accreditation, the profession’s only national post-graduate certification program, in 2012. Gouaux comes to NOMA from a leading local PR firm, and has a successful track record in developing and executing integrated communications campaigns to increase positive media exposure and support marketing initiatives. She has done PR, marketing and community relations work for local, national, regional and global clients such as Cirque du Soleil, Southern Comfort, Community Coffee Company, and non-profits such as the Tipitina’s Foundation, Goodwill Industries, and Café Reconcile. “I’m excited to work for a local cultural institution like the New Orleans Museum of Art and be a part of this dynamic team led by Susan Taylor,” Gouaux said. “I look forward to promoting NOMA in our community and beyond.”

“Lifelike has really made me see art in a different way. Everyday objects can be art objects. How cool is that!?” “A wonderful revelation: My garage and home are an art institute. My oven is awesome. My boxes in the garage are beautiful.” “Begs the question: are all everyday objects art in some way? The exhibition forces a change in perspective which I think art, and by extension, art museums should do. We should reconsider our environment.” “Proof that the best work is the most unsettling.” “It made me look at everything around me differently, wondering ‘Is that real?’ or not?!” “How often do we sleepwalk? Thank you for opening my eyes to the profound in the mundane. The beauty is the seemingly ugly.” “Rarely does art make me smile or gasp aloud! But, this exhibition had me doing both–almost to the point of tears. Thanks!” “I appreciate everyday objects even more than I had before. Everything is art.” 23

2013 BOARD OF TRUSTEES David F. Edwards President

Carol Short Mrs. Lynes Sloss Mrs. E. Alexandra Stafford

Tommy Coleman Vice-President

Mrs. Richard L. Strub

Mrs. Ludovico Feoli Vice-President

Suzanne Thomas

Donna Perret Rosen Vice-President

Brent Wood

Mrs. Edward George Secretary Ms. Kay McArdle Treasurer Sydney Besthoff III Timothy Francis Mike Siegel Herschel L. Abbott Jr. Justin T. Augustine III Dr. Siddharth K. Bhansali Susan Brennan

Robert Taylor

Melanee Usdin

NATIONAL TRUSTEES Joseph Baillio Mrs. Carmel Cohen Mrs. Mason Granger Jerry Heymann

SUPPORT ACKNOWLEDGMENT The programs of the New Orleans Museum of Art are supported by grants from the Arts Council of New Orleans, Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.

Herbert Kaufman MD Mrs. James Pierce Debra B. Shriver Mrs. Henry H. Weldon Mrs. Billie Milam Weisman

Kia Silverman Brown Robin Burgess Blanchard Daryl Byrd Mrs. Mark Carey Edgar L. Chase III Maurice Cox H. M. “Tim” Favrot Jr. Tina Freeman Janet Frischhertz Susan Guidry Councilmember District “A” Lee Hampton Stephen A. Hansel Ms. Adrea Heebe Ms. Allison Kendrick Mayor Mitch Landrieu E. Ralph Lupin, MD

HONOR ARY LIFE MEMBERS Russell Albright, MD Mrs. Jack R. Aron Mrs. Edgar L. Chase Jr. Isidore Cohn Jr., MD Prescott N. Dunbar S. Stewart Farnet Sandra Draughn Freeman Kurt A. Gitter, MD Mrs. Erik Johnsen Richard W. Levy, MD Mr. J. Thomas Lewis Mrs. Paula L. Maher Mrs. J. Frederick Muller


Paul Masinter

Mrs. Robert Nims

Mrs. Charles B. Mayer

Mrs. Charles S. Reily Jr.

Mrs. Michael Moffitt

R. Randolph Richmond Jr.

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Howard J. Osofsky, MD

Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford

Steve Perry

Harry C. Stahel

Mrs. James J. Reiss Jr.

Mrs. Moise S. Steeg Jr.

Mrs. George Rodrigue

Mrs. Harold H. Stream

Brian Schneider

Mrs. James L. Taylor

Coupe, ca. 1867, Charles Duron, French, 1814–1872, gate with gilded and enameled brass. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Women’s Committee Acquisition Fund, Gift of Baroness Cassel Van Doorn, by exchange, and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 2008.76.

Mr. Robert Shelton

Mrs. John N. Weinstock


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