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M A R C H 2 011 , V O L . 3 3 N o .1

A Members’ Publication

2010 Board of TRUSTEES SUPPORT ACKNOWLEDGMENT The programs of the New Orleans Museum of Art are supported by grants from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Arts Council of New Orleans, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

MUSEUM HOURS The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Monday and all legal holidays. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is open every day, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For information on upcoming exhibitions and events at NOMA, please call (504) 658-4100 or visit our website at

Stephen A. Hansel, President Mrs. James J. Frischhertz, Vice-President Mrs. Charles B. Mayer, Vice-President William D. Aaron, Jr., Vice-President Michael Moffitt, Treasurer David F. Edwards, Secretary Mrs. Françoise B. Richardson, Assistant Treasurer Mrs. John Bertuzzi Sydney J. Besthoff III Mrs. Mark Carey Edgar L. Chase III Leonard Davis H. Mortimer Favrot, Jr. Mrs. Ludovico Feoli Timothy Francis Mrs. Anne Gauthier Mrs. Edward N. George Roy A. Glapion Terry Hall Lee Hampton

Honorar y Life TRUSTEES H. Russell Albright, M.D. Mrs. Jack R. Aron Mrs. Edgar L. Chase, Jr. Isidore Cohn, Jr., M.D. Prescott N. Dunbar S. Stewart Farnet Sandra Draughn Freeman Kurt A. Gitter, M.D. Mrs. H. Lloyd Hawkins Mrs. Killian L. Huger Susan Guidry Mrs. Erik Johnsen Richard W. Levy, M.D. J. Thomas Lewis


Caroline Goyette Aisha Champagne


Arts Quarterly (ISSN 0740-9214) is published by the New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans, LA 70124. © 2011, New Orleans Museum of Art. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced or reprinted without permission of the publisher.

Ms. Adrea Heebe Ms. Allison Kendrick Subhash V. Kulkarni Henry Lambert Mayor Mitch Landrieu Mrs. Merritt Lane Paul J. Leaman, Jr. E. Ralph Lupin, M.D. Paul Masinter Edward C. Mathes Kay McArdle Alvin Merlin, M.D. Mrs. R. King Milling Mrs. Michael Moffitt Howard Osofsky Mrs. Robert J. Patrick Thomas Reese, Ph.D. Mrs. James J. Reiss, Jr. Mrs. George Rodrigue Bryan Schneider Mrs. Robert Shelton Mrs. Lynes R. Sloss Ms. Alexandra E. Stafford Mrs. Richard L. Strub Mrs. Patrick F. Taylor Louis A. Wilson, Jr.

Mrs. Paula L. Maher Mrs. J. Frederick Muller, Jr. Mrs. Jeri Nims Mrs. Charles S. Reily, Jr. Mrs. Françoise Billion Richardson R. Randolph Richmond, Jr. Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford Harry C. Stahel Mrs. Moise S. Steeg, Jr. Mrs. Harold H. Stream Mrs. James Lyle Taylor Mrs. John N. Weinstock

2010 National TRUSTEES Joseph Baillio Mrs. Carmel Cohen Mrs. Mason Granger Jerry Heymann Herbert Kaufman, M.D.

Mrs. James Pierce Ms. Debra Shriever Mrs. Billie Weisman Mrs. Henry H. Weldon



Direct or ’s Le tt er


Feature B eh in d th e S c en es at N OMA: Th e M ak in g of th e G r e a t C o l l e c t o r s Video


Exhibitions Lof ty I deal s : S el ec tion s of Nineteenth-Centur y F ren c h S c u l ptu re f rom th e Per manent Collection Th e S ou n d of O n e H an d: Paintings and Cal l ig raph y by Zen M as ter Hakuin


Cent ennial N ews


Exper iencing N OMA E du c ator E ven in g s : N O MA Launches N ew P rog ram f or Loc al Teachers


N OMA and t he Community M u s eu m P ar tn ers with Local Schools LO VE in th e G arden H onors New Orleans Ar tists


Suppor ting N OM A


Prof iles in Giving A Tribu te to P ol l y G u th rie

From the Permanent Collection: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, (German, 1880-1938), Sawmill in Königstein, 1916, oil on canvas, Gift of Eleanor B. Kohlmeyer and Museum Purchase, 1990.200

Susan M. Taylor The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director

DIRECTOR’S LETTER his January, the New


the generous support of the Helis Foundation. Along

Orleans Museum of

with our extended Friday hours, we’ll debut a new

Art marks an important

evening series, “Where Y’Art!,” bringing live music,

anniversary: 100 years of

performance, theater, good food, children’s activities

providing world-class arts

and, of course, great art to our public. We are thrilled

experiences for the people

to collaborate with our cultural partners to bring the

and visitors of New Orleans.

arts together for our community on Friday nights.

Please join us on January 8, 2011, for a day of

Another new program series will launch at

festivities in honor of our centennial. We’ll be

NOMA this spring, this one centered on some of the

launching a full year of extraordinary exhibitions and

leading museum issues of the day. Beginning in

events, and we want to share this celebration—and

March, the Director’s Dialogue series, sponsored by

our museum—with you.

JPMorgan Chase, will bring museum directors from

As our centennial year gets underway, you’ll

across the country to NOMA to discuss the future of

find lots of exciting changes at NOMA, all designed

museums, with attention to topics such as

to enhance the community’s museum experience.

technology, education, diversity, and permanent

Beginning January 1, 2011, NOMA will be open six

collections. Together with our audiences, we will

days a week: Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m.

discuss ways NOMA can reflect and respond to these

to 5 p.m.—except for Fridays, when we’ll be open

important issues, ensuring the museum provides the

until 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the museum will

best possible experience for our public for years to

continue to be free for Louisiana residents, thanks to


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overlooked in the wake of temporary exhibitions,

ways to reach our audiences. An article in this issue

and yet it is the backbone of the institution, defining

of Arts Quarterly describes a recent NOMA initiative

its essential character. In addition to other upcoming

that distributed 700 catalogues and free admission

programs, watch for our “Collection Spotlight”

passes to local schools. We believe the museum can

series, debuting in January, which highlights a work

and should be a vital presence in our classrooms and

from the collection that might otherwise not be a part

our community, and this program is one step in

of your regular visit.

accomplishing that goal. Similarly, NOMA recently

As I write this column, I’ve just learned the sad

launched Educator Evenings, a series designed to

news of the passing of Peter Marzio, longtime

introduce local teachers to the museum and help

director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

them draw on the museum’s collections in their

Marzio was a visionary leader whose deep

classrooms. Technology is another key consideration

commitment to accessibility, outreach, and serving

as we assess NOMA’s tools for outreach. Soon, we

diverse audiences had an enormous impact on the

will launch a new, interactive website, providing a

museum field, not to mention the lives of Houston

more engaging and user-friendly online experience

community members. It is only appropriate that we

for our members and visitors.

acknowledge Marzio’s legacy of making the museum

Finally, we’re working hard at the museum to enhance our visitors’ experience not only of our stellar exhibitions (of which we have many this

a place for all people—something NOMA, like museums across the country, aspires to do. We look forward to welcoming you at NOMA

winter and spring), but of our permanent collection.

during our centennial year and beyond. Please visit

A museum’s permanent collection is at times

and visit often.

Our Quar terly is

CHANGING! As you can see, we are introducing several changes to Arts Quarterly beginning with this issue, the first of our centennial year. Our new centennial format offers fresh content and design,

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Already, we have begun to think about new

with overviews of exhibitions as well as features on behind-the-scenes activities that tell you much more about our work at the museum. We are introducing new features such as a portable, pullout calendar to help you decide what program and day you would like to attend, and a centennial section to keep you apprised of centennial news and events.

NOMA is also reinstating an annual report, in which we’ll provide full details about the year’s donations, gifts, and acquisitions; look for the first installment of the annual report in summer 2011. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the new Quarterly. —S.M.T.

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FEATURE Behind the Scenes at NOMA: The Making of the Great Collectors Video Caroline Goyette, Editor of Museum Publications

Producer Kevin McCaffrey films Sydney Besthoff in the Sculpture Garden. All photography by Judy Cooper.


ost people, when they visit a museum, don’t

showcasing the works of art, however, NOMA’s

think about how the paintings, sculptures and

director and curators wanted to find a way to

other artworks they enjoy came to be on display. In

highlight the collectors themselves. A film, they

fact, museums around the world rely on the

decided, would allow museum visitors to glimpse

generosity of collectors to help build their collections

the people behind the collections, and learn about the

and make important artworks available to the public.

interests and tastes that drove them to seek out

“In order to build a collection, you have to have a

particular works and ultimately donate them to the

critical mass of works. That’s impossible to do

museum. In addition to an educational purpose, the

alone,” explains Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Assistant

raw footage would serve an important archival

Director for Art and Curator of Asian Art at NOMA.

function. “We are fortunate that many of our major,

Launched as part of NOMA’s centennial celebration, the exhibition Great Collectors / Great Donors honors the important figures whose

important collectors are still alive, and we thought we should get them on tape,” says Rotondo-McCord. With the support of E. Alexandra Stafford and

donations have played a transformative role in

Raymond Rathle, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. John F.

building the museum’s collection. Beyond

Stafford, NOMA was able to film extensive, personal

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Clockwise from top left: Randy Richmond discusses his collection of Chinese ceramics; Walda and Sydney Besthoff reflect on their experiences collecting sculptures and modern and contemporary art; Mercedes Whitecloud examines Southeastern Native American baskets from her collection.

interviews with ten of its most prominent, living

d’Addario, Associate Curator for Education and

collectors. The result is a fifteen-minute video which

production coordinator for the video. As it turned

offers compelling insight into the collectors who

out, the conversations took on a life of their own as

helped to build the New Orleans Museum of Art.

the donors began to reflect on their collecting

Playing on a loop in the galleries as part of the Great


Collectors / Great Donors exhibition, the video is on view with the show through January 23, 2011.

Making of the Video After securing the participation of the collectors,

D’Addario credits Kevin McCaffrey, producer for the video, with the vital, organic quality of the interviews. An independent filmmaker who has done work for several cultural organizations, he has extensive experience with oral history projects—an

the production crew began to prepare for the initial

ability which was instrumental to the NOMA project.

interviews. At first, they weren’t quite sure what

“It never felt like he was doing an ‘interview,’”

form the interviews would take. “We wondered,

d’Addario says. “He was able to steer the

‘Should we have a specific set of questions? Will

conversational ship in a really natural way.”

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The stories that emerged, both in the longer

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Director Emeritus E. John Bullard and donor Randy Richmond discuss art collecting while producer Kevin McCaffrey captures their conversation for posterity.

footage and in the final cut, are amusing, engaging,

Although the interviews were entirely

and above all, moving. One collector and his wife

unscripted, common themes emerged—one of which

inadvertently started down a path toward collecting

was the use of the word “passion” by donors to

while shopping for an ashtray. Another hopped in his

describe their interest in collecting. By giving the

Toyota truck and drove around the southern states,

collectors the chance to tell their own stories, the

meeting self-taught artists and acquiring their work.

project ensured the details would be recorded

Still others described an almost magnetic attraction

correctly for posterity. It also led to revelations,

to specific objects—a silver pitcher, a ceramic bowl—

including details not even the curators, many of

that, once acquired, drove their future interests as

whom have worked with the donors for years, were


aware of. “In every instance, the donors mentioned

N O M A through the Years 1910 – Sugar

1931 – The museum

magnate Isaac Delgado gives $150,000 for the erection of an art museum in City Park.

almost closes due to city budget cuts. After an uproar, the city reinstates funds.

1911 – Isaac Delgado Museum of Art opens to the public on December 16 with a ceremony attended by 3,000 people.

1953 – An exhibition from the Louvre, French Painting through Five Centuries, is organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. Attendance for the year is a record 104,000.

1966 – The museum hosts the inaugural Odyssey Ball organized by the new Women’s Volunteer Committee.

1971 – Name changes to the New Orleans Museum of Art and new wings open increasing museum space by a factor of eight.

1977 – Treasures of Tutankhamun opens and is seen by 900,000 persons in four months.

for the shoot. Such collaboration is just one example

because they had the opportunity to tell the story as a

of the sort of nimbleness the project required of the

complete story, rather than as part of another

NOMA staff. “We’re lucky that we all work well

conversation,” says Rotondo-McCord.

together—it’s really a testament to teamwork at the

Given the personal nature of collecting, it was no

museum,” says d’Addario. Judy Cooper, NOMA’s

surprise that many of the interviews became tinged

staff photographer, assisted with camera and still

with emotion. “The interview process was a

photography for the video, and several curators

vulnerable experience for [the donors]. Collecting is

participated in the shoot.

so much a part of their identity—of who they are as

Beyond focusing on the collecting process, many

people. It was extraordinarily moving to see,” says

of the subjects discussed their decisions to donate

Rotondo-McCord. As Dr. Siddharth Bhansali, one of

their collections to the New Orleans Museum of Art.

the donors featured in the video, observes, the

“As an educator, I was impressed that so many

question of “‘How did you start collecting?,’ is not all

brought up the educational value of these works, and

that different from the question ‘How did you start

their desire to share them with as broad an audience


as possible,” says d’Addario. “They all had the sense

In addition to capturing the collectors’ stories, it

that these objects had a larger role in the world,

was important to McCaffrey that they be filmed with

beyond the reach of a private collection.” Indeed, as

the objects they had donated—either in the

part of the permanent collection of NOMA, the

background or, in the case of smaller works, handling

objects these collectors so painstakingly and lovingly

them. It was a fitting choice, given the history that

acquired now touch countless people, from school

often exists between collector and object. “These were

groups to local residents to visitors from around the

things that were part of their everyday life,” says

world. Thanks to their generosity, NOMA’s extensive

Rotondo-McCord. “As a collector, you handle works

collection is ripe with opportunities for learning,

of art.”

exploration, and inspiration.

Of course, this meant the artwork had to be camera ready—a task which fell to the preparators

The Great Collectors / Great Donors video is on

and registrar’s department, who readied the works

view as part of the exhibition through January 23, 2011.

1993 – $23 million expansion and renovation of the museum is completed.

1985 – NOMA purchases Portrait of Marie Antoinette, by Elisabeth-Louise VigéeLebrun, for its seventyfifth anniversary.

2003 – Besthoff Sculpture Garden opens to the public.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina closes NOMA. The collection is undamaged but the building and sculpture garden sustain $6 million in damages. More than eighty staff members are laid off and a skeleton staff of sixteen works from Baton Rouge while the museum and city recover.

2006 – NOMA reopens after seven months. An exhibition of important works from the permanent collection travels the country for three years and raises $1 million for hurricane recovery.

2007 – Exhibition Femme, Femme, Femme opens, fulfilling a generous promise of support made by the people of France just after Katrina.

2009-2010 – Besthoff Sculpture Garden undergoes eight months of comprehensive restoration and reopens to the public.


details I had never heard before. I think in part it’s

EXHIBITIONS Lofty Ideals: Selections of Nineteenth-Century French Sculpture from the Permanent Collection John Webster Keefe, The RosaMary Foundation Curator of the Decorative Arts


ineteenth-century French bronzes entered the collection of the museum as early as 1912, only

a year after its founding. However, at that time, many of the works were already being judged as old fashioned at best, and of no merit at worst. By the 1930s, such sculpture had been relegated to the dustbins of art history. The New Orleans Museum of Art’s collection simply slumbered in art storage during the ensuing years. By the 1970s, such work was enjoying an international reevaluation and regained its rightful place as an important facet of nineteenth-century art. The final triumph of these pieces is marked by the small exhibition, Lofty Ideals, currently on view in the Great Hall, in which they have regained prominence within the permanent collection. Although major European cities with any claim to sophistication established fine arts academies during the nineteenth century, Paris was the international capital to which aspiring artists flocked for instruction and recognition. The teachers of sculpture there were generally members of the prestigious French Academy, and their emergence was traceable to an enormous demand for private and public sculpture. A numerous and newly affluent bourgeoisie was eager to decorate its residences, public buildings, and parks with sculpture. By the second quarter of the nineteenth century, the possession of tasteful sculpture was internationally viewed as a tangible expression of a cultivated sensibility and an advanced socioeconomic position. Indeed, the nineteenth-century mind-set held that the presence of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827-1875), Neapolitan Fisherboy, bronze: cast, chased, and patinated, circa 1861, Gift of Elva Lavies Weiss, 1986.95. Photograph by Judy Cooper.

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appropriate sculpture could be spiritually and materially rewarding in one’s daily life.

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nineteenth-century sculpture. Works by Antoine-

way to the Romantic Movement and its lyrical,

Louis Barye, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Albert-Ernest

naturalistic style. Designs were drawn from all

Carrier-Belleuse, Emile-Cariolan-Hippolyte

previous areas of inspiration; the classical nude was

Guillemin, and Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié are all

joined by noble peasants, knights, gallants,

part of the permanent collection.

eighteenth-century-style shepherdesses, and animals

Lofty Ideals is also distinguished by the presence

wild and domestic. American patrons of the arts,

of a number of period stands and pedestals, which

firmly convinced that any French work of art was

provide further insight into the way such works were

innately of superior quality, were eager acquisitors of

presented and viewed during the nineteenth century.

such sculpture. Such prominent patrons of the New

Most importantly, the exhibition celebrates the

Orleans Museum of Art as Mrs. Samuel Delgado,

presence of French academic sculpture as a major

John Giraud Agar, Alvin Pike Howard, and Lavinia

facet of the art of the enormously productive

Todd Hyams all acquired French academic pieces and

nineteenth century.

presented them to the new museum. Eventually, the collection came to include some of the most

See Lofty Ideals in the Great Hall at NOMA through April 24, 2011.

celebrated names in the history of French

Donor S pot l ig ht :

E lva l av i E s W E i s s Elva Weiss presented Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s bronze Neapolitan Fisherboy to the New Orleans Museum of Art in 1986, notably strengthening the then-dormant collection of French academic sculpture (the work, seen at left, is showcased in Lofty Ideals). An elegant and ebullient woman, Mrs. Weiss (19042000) had a lifelong interest in the arts, which she combined with a love of world travel. She moved to New Orleans in 1964, where she enjoyed the company of young artists and generously promoted the work of the most talented. Throughout her life, Mrs. Weiss appreciated beautiful objects, having a marked preference for French decorative arts. Walking into her spacious apartment in the Fairmont Hotel was the equivalent of a visit to one in Paris. The best kind of donor, she remained true to the cause of the museum, bequeathing several important examples of French eighteenth-century furniture in 2000. —J.W.K.

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Work in the fashionable neoclassical taste gave

The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Assistant Director for Art and Curator of Asian Art


he Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin is the first exhibition in the

Western world devoted to the art of Hakuin Ekaku (16851768). Considered the most important Japanese Zen master of the last five hundred years, Hakuin also is regarded as the most significant Zen artist. In his teachings, writings, and art, Hakuin reached out to monks and lay followers, as well as a general audience that included non-believers and the rural poor. In the process, Hakuin invented a new visual language for Zen art, using folk and everyday subjects in addition to traditional Zen themes. The social, economic, and governmental changes brought about by the Tokugawa rulers of the Edo period (1615-1868) called for new responses from the religious establishment. The two major Zen sects—Rinzai and Soto—faced significant challenges, including the loss of governmental support. It is within this context that Hakuin lived and worked, becoming one of the most important spiritual leaders in all of Japanese Zen, not just the Rinzai sect to which he belonged. As the abbot of a small rural temple near his childhood home in Hara, Hakuin exerted tremendous influence, revitalizing the koan system of Zen study (see sidebar), restructuring monastic training, and advocating continual spiritual development and the integration of spirituality and secular activity. Nearly eighty scrolls, seventy by Hakuin and the remainder by his immediate disciples, have been gathered from public and private Japanese and American collections for The Sound of One Hand. These works demonstrate the extraordinary range, vitality, humor, power, and depth of this Zen master. Lightly and

Left: Hakuin Ekaku (Japanese, 1685-1768), Inka Staff, 1762, ink on paper, Manyoan Collection


Hakuin Ekaku (Japanese, 1685-1768), Hotei’s Sound of One Hand, late, ink on paper, Gubutsu-an Collection

carefully brushed portraits—dating from Hakuin’s

revealed in a variety of ways, sometimes through an

50s and 60s (his “early period”)—contrast sharply

immediate impact on the viewer, at other times

with the large, bold calligraphies from the end of his

evident only after prolonged study and

life. His subjects range from the familiar pantheon of


Zen worthies such as Daruma, the patriarch and

The Sound of One Hand is on view from February

founder of Zen Buddhism, to depictions of street

11-April 17, 2011. Curated by two noted scholars of

entertainers, folk deities, and the animal world.

Zen painting, Stephen Addiss and Audrey Yoshiko

Irrespective of the subject—whether serious or silly—

Seo, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully

Hakuin conveyed profound religious truths through

illustrated catalogue, available in the Museum Shop.

his paintings and calligraphies. These truths are

What is a


Koans, or Zen riddles, are seemingly insolvable questions posed to students of Zen by their masters. Hakuin believed that koan practice was crucial to the attainment of enlightenment experiences. He used established koans as well as invented new ones, such as the well-known “What is the Sound of One Hand?” which he wrote at the age of 69. “Breaking through” a koan often takes years of strenuous meditation and study, and requires the guidance of an experienced master who can recognize the spiritual growth and maturity of the student.

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The Inka Staff, dating from 1762 (opposite page) bears the inscription: “On Buddha’s Birthday [April 8], 1762, Nomura Magabe … penetrated my massive barrier and heard the sound of one hand. I therefore brush this as a certificate for this valiant person.” This powerful painting functions as a certificate of enlightenment that recognized the successful attainment of an enlightenment experience. Hakuin painted these certificates and personally awarded them in order to encourage the recipients to continue exerting themselves in their practice. —L.R.M.

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CENTENNIAL NEWS NOMA Centennial Celebration Kicks Off January 8 Rebecca Thomason, Public Programs Coordinator

Photograph by Nathan Williams

©David J. L'Hoste

Clockwise from top left: St. Augustine Marching 100; the official school of New Orleans Ballet Theatre; Symphony Chorus of New Orleans; New Orleans Opera Association.


oin us Saturday, January 8, for NOMA’s centennial kickoff and help us launch our year-

• 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Now that you’ve got your energy, get creative with the Education Department’s

long celebration! The event is free and open to the

special centennial art-making activity. Drop by and

public, with activities running throughout the day.

make a celebratory mask inspired by the art at

• 10 a.m. What better way to celebrate 100 years than with the St. Aug Marching 100? At 10 a.m., the

NOMA. • 1-4 p.m. It’s time to relax and be entertained.

famed high school marching band will parade down

Members of the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans

Lelong Avenue and around the building, ramping up

will perform at 1 p.m., followed at 2 p.m. by ballet

excitement for the year to come.

from the official school of New Orleans Ballet

• 11 a.m. Life is short; eat dessert first! We’ll dig into cake mid-morning to salute the museum's unofficial birthday. After that, check out the Courtyard Café’s delicious lunch specials.

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Theatre. At 3 p.m., enjoy an hour of opera in the Sculpture Garden from the New Orleans Opera Association. Many thanks to our party sponsors, Bellwether Technology and JPMorgan Chase. January February March 2011 ●


Centennial Sponsors Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of NOMA’s centennial exhibitions, programs, and festivities. Great Collectors / Great Donors: The Making of the

Fabergé Egg Hunt, April 10, 2011

New Orleans Museum of Art, 1910-2010,

Catherine Burns Tremaine

November 13, 2010-January 23, 2011 The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

100 Masterworks for the Next 100 Years: Celebrating the Centennial of the New Orleans Museum of Art,

Great Collectors / Great Donors Video

November 12, 2011-February 19, 2012

E. Alexandra Stafford & Raymond Rathle, Jr., and Mr.

Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation

and Mrs. John F. Stafford Centennial Birthday Party, December 16-18, 2011 Centennial Year Kickoff Party, January 8, 2011

Lakeside Shopping Center and the Feil Family

JPMorgan Chase and Bellwether Technology


Corporation Centennial Year Public Relations and Marketing Director’s Dialogue Series, January-November 2011


J.P. Morgan and Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann

The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel


New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation

Copley to Warhol: 200 Years of American Art Celebrating the Centennial of the New Orleans

Suppor t NOMA During Our

Centennial Year!

Museum of Art, February-December 2011 Chevron with additional support from the following State Advisory Council Members: Adele Adatto, Katie Arimura, Janet Blocker, June

To ensure NOMA's success for the next 100 years, we invite you to donate to our:

Brandt, Scott Chotin, Kent Davis, John W. Deming

Endowment—support educational programs, exhibitions, and publications.

Centennial Event Sponsorships—support educational activities and family fun.

John Bullard’s Retirement Gift Fund— purchase a piece of art in honor of John Bullard’s thirty-seven years of service as director of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

and Bertie Murphy Deming Foundation, Joy Hodges, John Lolley, Valerie Marcus, Brenda Moffitt, Peter Monrose, Mary Morse, Andrée Moss, Carolyn Nelson, Edward Renwick, Peggy Selber, Aimee Siegel, Jude Swenson, Catherine Burns Tremaine, Fran Villere Art in Bloom, March 30, 2011

To donate: Call (504) 658-4107, email:, or give online at

Whitney Bank

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Director’s Dialogue: Conversations with America’s Top Museum Directors Rebecca Thomason, Public Programs Coordinator

©Terri Glanger

Arnold L. Lehman

Maxwell L. Anderson

Bonnie Pitman

merican museums today are at a crossroads


April 1, 2011

and are looking for ways to more fully engage

Maxwell L. Anderson, Indianapolis Museum of Art

their communities. NOMA’s centennial provides an

Mr. Anderson has been on the forefront of

ideal opportunity to discuss important issues facing

introducing new technologies to art museums,

museums and explore innovations in museum

expanding museum audiences to the World Wide

practice. In 2011, NOMA is inviting five art museum

Web and beyond.

innovators to take part in a series of public conversations about the topics of diversity,

May 20, 2011

technology, education, permanent collections, and

Bonnie Pitman, Dallas Museum of Art

new audience development. Director Susan M.

Ms. Pitman has devoted her career to developing

Taylor will take to the Stern Auditorium stage one-

innovative education programs for art museums,

on-one with these esteemed directors for Friday

making them more welcoming and relevant to

evening discussions this spring and fall. A sixth

visitors of all ages.

invitee, Director Emeritus E. John Bullard, will join Taylor at the end of the year to reflect on the series.

Stay tuned for details about our fall speakers. The Director’s Dialogue series is a benefit of membership for Delgado Society members and

Spring SerieS – 6 p.m.

above. Please contact the Development Department to reevaluate your membership level, or to purchase

March 18, 2011

tickets for a fee.

Arnold L. Lehman, The Brooklyn Museum Mr. Lehman has been a leader in positioning his museum to be responsive to the community, welcoming younger, more diverse audiences.

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E. John Bullard, Director Emeritus


century with early modernists including Marsden

of the New Orleans Museum of Art, will tour four

the triumph of American painting following World

museums in Louisiana this year, giving a statewide

War II with abstract expressionism and Pop Art.

dimension to NOMA’s 100th birthday celebration.

Among other masters included are Gilbert Stuart,

Consisting of thirty of the finest American paintings

Thomas Sully, Frederick Frieseke, Robert Henri, Lee

in NOMA's collection, the exhibition will premiere at

Krasner, Larry Rivers, and James Rosenquist.

special exhibition, Copley to Warhol: 200 Years of American Art Celebrating the Centennial

Hartley and Georgia O'Keeffe; and concludes with

the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College in Shreveport on February 19, 2011, and then travel to the Alexandria Museum of Art; the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana, Lafayette; and the Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge. The exhibition is sponsored by Chevron, with additional support from NOMA's Advisory Council. Copley to Warhol briefly surveys the development of American painting, beginning with portraits by Colonial masters John Singleton Copley and Charles Willson Peale and turning to the rise of the landscape tradition with Asher B. Durand, George Inness, and Louisiana artists Richard Clague and Joseph R. Meeker. The exhibition then showcases nineteenth-century artists who pursued their careers in Europe, such as John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt; moves into the twentieth Andy Warhol (American, 1930-1987), Mick Jagger, 1975, acrylic on canvas, New Orleans Museum of Art: Gift of Tina Freeman, 1981.335

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On the Road: NOMA’s Finest American Paintings Tour Louisiana

EXPERIENCING NOMA Educator Evenings: NOMA Launches New Program for Local Teachers John d’Addario, Associate Curator of Education

Photography by John d’Addario


OMA’s Educator Evenings are a new way of

classrooms, NOMA’s Educator Evenings were

serving and honoring an audience who has

launched at the start of the 2010-2011 school year and

long been a key part of the museum’s educational mission: K-12 teachers in the New Orleans area and

will be held monthly on Wednesdays. Less structured than a formal, full-day

beyond. Conceived of as a casual, friendly way to

workshop, but more tailored to the needs of

introduce teachers to the museum and help them

classroom teachers than a regular public tour, each

incorporate its extraordinary collections into their

ninety-minute Educator Evening begins with a welcome to the museum over wine and cheese led by

Join Us for NOMA

E d u c at o r E v E n i n g s

members of the Education Department staff. This introduction is followed by a custom tour of a special exhibition or selected area of the museum’s

Wednesday, January 12, 4:30-6 p.m. “The Arts of Africa”

permanent collection.

Wednesday, February 9, 4:30-6 p.m. “Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses: Royalty in Art”

NOMA curator Paul Tarver led a group of eighteen

Wednesday, March 16, 4:30-6 p.m. “The Arts of Japan”

Associate Curator of Education John d’Addario

Wednesday, April 13, 4:30-6 p.m. “Sculpture Garden”

museum’s permanent collection of Native American

For more information or to register, please call (504) 658-4128.

using their newfound familiarity with this area of the

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For the first Educator Evening on October 13, area educators on a private guided tour of the Ancestors and Descendants exhibition. Afterwards, continued the discussion with a visit to the art, giving participants a chance to explore ways of museum’s collection in their classrooms. January February March 2011 ●

Subsequent Educator Evenings over the course

educational endeavor takes time, the Education

of the fall 2010 semester allowed teachers to explore

Department was delighted to see that several

the museum’s collection of modern and

teachers who participated in the very first Educator

contemporary art with NOMA curator Miranda

Evening booked school group visits to the museum

Lash, and introduced teachers to masterpieces in

within a few days of the program. Over 100 students

NOMA’s permanent collection in the Great Collectors /

from area public and parochial schools visited the

Great Donors exhibition. The result has been an

Ancestors and Descendants exhibition and permanent

increase in self-guided school group bookings and

Native American art galleries with their teachers,

more students experiencing the museum’s special

who were able to prepare self-guided activities (in

exhibitions and permanent collections. Most

the form of scavenger hunts and other gallery-based

importantly, more teachers than ever recognize that

activities) as a direct result of their participation in

the permanent collection of the New Orleans

the Educator Evening program. (The wine and

Museum of Art represents an indispensable resource

cheese part of the evening received high marks as

in planning their curriculum.


COLLECTION SPOTLIGHT beginning in january, a different object from NOMa’s permanent collection will be on display each month in the Great Hall. don’t miss these seldom-seen works and new acquisitions.

F e at u r e d O b j e c t Twelve-Light Pond-Lily Lamp, circa 1902-1905, by tiffany* A primary goal of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), master of the American Art Nouveau style, was to bring beauty into the home to enhance people’s daily lives. With lights modeled after garden lily blooms and water lilies, this striking table lamp was extremely popular and produced in various models; the twelvelight version was among the most successful. up Next... February: Native american collection Tewa/Hopi Peoples Bowl, circa 1930, attributed to the Nampeyo Family MarcH: Modern and contemporary collection Untitled (Romantic Hotel-Chiarina), circa 1954, by Joseph Cornell Rack cards for all featured objects are available in the Great Hall. Check NOMA’s website,, for more information and a complete listing of the 2011 objects. *The Tiffany Studios, Corona, Long Island, New York; Bronze, amber Favrile glass; Museum Purchase: Mervin and Maxine Mock Morais Fund, 2008.3. Photograph by Judy Cooper.


While measuring the long-term success of any




Museum Partners with Local Schools Alice Yelen, Assistant Director for Education

Photography by Judy Cooper


ne of the New Orleans Museum of Art’s most

exhibition Dreams Come True: Art of the Classic Fairy

important goals is to serve as an educational

Tales from the Walt Disney Studio to KIDsmART

resource for the schools in our community.

teachers and students. The illustrated catalogue

Collaborations with school leaders and cultural

describes the adaptation process classic fairy tales

organizations are vital to this effort, allowing us to

such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella,

offer our rich art collection as a learning tool for local

and The Princess and the Frog underwent as they were

students and classrooms.

made into films by Walt Disney. The resources were

One of the outstanding organizations NOMA has

of special interest to teachers of visual arts and

formed an active partnership with is KIDsmART, a

language arts. In addition, each person also received

New Orleans-based arts education group. Honored

a family pass for free admission to the museum,

by Americans for the Arts for its transformative

valid any time during the centennial year, as well as

impact on local students, KIDsmART works with

information about the Education Department’s

teachers, students, and artists to provide curriculum

school, teacher, and family programs.

enrichment as well as professional development programs for teachers. In tribute to KIDsmART’s achievements, NOMA was pleased to donate 700 catalogues from the 18 Arts 

To initiate and augment the museum’s partnerships with other school systems, NOMA’s Education Department will continue to provide catalogues and free admission passes to collaborating January February March 2011 ●

long as supplies last. Visitors who present the admission pass will be offered a substantial discount on a Family Membership to the museum. We believe the museum can and should be an invaluable part of our teachers’ classroom work and a vital presence in our community, and this program is one step in accomplishing that goal. To receive free

NOMA Needs You! BECOME A VOLUNTEER Meet Brad Caldwell, NOMA’s volunteer coordinator. He’s looking to bolster the ranks of NOMA’s dedicated volunteers for our centennial year and beyond. “Whether you’re interested in a regularly scheduled position or an occasional project, NOMA needs your help,” he says. In particular, NOMA is looking for “on call” volunteers who can fill in when the need arises.

museum admission passes and catalogues for your teachers or students, please call Elise Solomon at (504) 658-4128.

To sign up to volunteer or for more information, contact Brad at or (504) 658-4137.

LOVE in the Garden Honors New Orleans Artists

2010 honorees (left to right): Edith Moseley, Joachim Casell, Bob Graham, Sharon Weilbaecher, Peggy Bishop, Jacques Soulas, Mignon Faget, Robert Tannen, Thomas Mann, D. Nuego (seated). Photograph by Judy Cooper.


OMA’s annual LOVE in the Garden celebration is known for its great food, music,

This year’s event, held September 24, 2010, honored ten New Orleans-area artists working in a

and striking setting in the Sculpture Garden. But for

wide range of mediums, from pottery to painting to

the third year in a row, the event has taken on a new

jewelry and sculpture. Each year, the selection

dimension, honoring New Orleans-based artists who

committee considers artists at all stages of their

have played a vital role in our community. “We

careers, making recommendations to NOMA’s

wanted to recognize local artists who have

director, who then makes the final determination. In

contributed and given back to the city in various

each case, a commitment to community is an

ways,” explains Kristen Jochem, development

important criterion for selection. The artists are

associate for NVC (NOMA Volunteer Committee)

honored at a ceremony during LOVE in the Garden,


and their work is projected on the Sculpture Garden walls for all party-goers to enjoy.

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public school administrators and teachers as

SUPPORTING NOMA Circles of the New Orleans Museum of Art We appreciate the generous and continuing support of our Circle members.

PresideNt’s CirCle Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi Mr. and Mrs. Sydney J. Besthoff III Mr. and Mrs. Ralph O. Brennan Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David F. Edwards Dr. and Mrs. Ludovico Feoli Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Hansel Ms. Adrea D. Heebe and Mr. Dominick A. Russo, Jr. Helis Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David A. Kerstein Mr. Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Mrs. Paula L. Maher Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Mayer Mrs. Robert Nims Mrs. Charles S. Reily, Jr. Mrs. Françoise B. Richardson Jolie and Robert Shelton Mrs. Patrick F. Taylor Zemurray Foundation

direCtOr’s CirCle Mrs. Jack R. Aron Mr. and Mrs. F. Macnaughton Ball, Jr. The Booth-Bricker Fund Mrs. Lawrence D. Garvey Mrs. Harry Greenberg Mr. Jerry Heymann Mr. and Mrs. Erik F. Johnsen

Mr. and Mrs. Peter R. Monrose, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Patrick Mr. and Mrs. George Rodrigue Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Rodriguez, Jr. Ms. Debra B. Shriver Margaret B. and Joel J. Soniat Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Strub Mr. and Mrs. St. Denis J. Villere

PAtrON’s CirCle Mr. and Mrs. William D. Aaron, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Boh Mr. E. John Bullard III Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carey Dr. and Mrs. Isidore Cohn, Jr. Mr. Leonard A. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Prescott N. Dunbar Ms. Mignon Faget Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Favrot, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Francis Mr. and Mrs. James J. Frischhertz Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. George Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Heebe Mrs. Gloria S. Kabacoff Ms. Allison Kendrick Mr. Henry M. Lambert and Mr. R. Carey Bond Mr. and Mrs. H. Merritt Lane III Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Lemann Dr. Edward D. Levy, Jr.



Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Lewis Dr. and Mrs. E. Ralph Lupin Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Masinter Mr. Edward C. Mathes Ms. Kay McArdle Mr. and Mrs. R. King Milling Mrs. Ellis Mintz Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Moffitt Robert and Myrtis Nims Foundation Dr. Howard and Dr. Joy D. Osofsky Dr. and Mrs. James F. Pierce Mr. and Mrs. James J. Reiss, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Renwick Mr. and Mrs. R. Randolph Richmond, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Brian A. Schneider Mr. and Mrs. Edward Shearer Mr. and Mrs. Lynes R. Sloss Mr. and Mrs. Bruce L. Soltis Ms. E. Alexandra Stafford and Mr. Raymond M. Rathle, Jr. Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford Mrs. Harold H. Stream, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James L. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. David S. Thomas, Jr. Mrs. Hendrik Willem van Voorthuysen Mrs. John N. Weinstock Mrs. Henry H. Weldon


President’s Circle: $20,000 Director’s Circle: $10,000 The NOMA Board of Trustees cordially invites you to join the Circles, the museum’s most prestigious membership group. Circle memberships are available to individuals contributing at the following annual levels:

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Patron’s Circle: $5,000 NOMA is pleased to extend unique membership privileges to those who demonstrate their commitment at these levels. For more information, please call (504) 658-4107.

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In Mem or iam :

C harles a . snyder

OMA lost a great friend this past fall with the passing of Charles A. Snyder. A tireless supporter of the museum, Snyder served as a trustee and benefactor for nearly fifteen years. He first became involved with the museum during his tenure as president of the City Park board, helping to facilitate negotiations leading to the construction of the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. An attorney who was active in a wide range of New Orleans cultural institutions, Snyder served four, three-year terms as a member of NOMA’s board of trustees, holding officer positions including vice president and

secretary and chairing the legal committee. He volunteered hundreds of hours of his time handling legal issues on the museum’s behalf, including negotiating with the Egyptian government on the contract for the 2003 international exhibition, The Quest for Immortality. After Hurricane Katrina, Snyder, like many of his fellow trustees, rallied to provide leadership and financial support for the museum. Serving at the time as president of the board of the Historic New Orleans Collection, Snyder initiated a collaborative exhibition program between the two institutions and facilitated the joint acquisition of an important series of Katrina paintings by Rolland Golden. Snyder was elected an honorary life trustee in 2009. NOMA is fortunate to have been the beneficiary of Snyder’s lifelong dedication to community service and volunteerism. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of this great man.

Program Sponsors NOMA’s exhibitions and special programs are made possible through the generosity of our sponsors. We are deeply grateful to these friends for their continued commitment. If you would like additional information on sponsorship, please contact the museum’s Development Department at (504) 658-4107.


$49,999 - $20,000

The Helis Foundation – Free Wednesdays for Louisiana residents

Heebe-Russo Family –Odyssey Ball

The RosaMary Foundation – General operating support

Morris G. and Paula L. Maher Foundation –Odyssey Ball

Robert Lehman Foundation – Ancestors of Congo Square catalogue

$19,999 - $10,000 Garden Study Club – Centennial beautification

Jolie and Robert Shelton –Odyssey Ball

Luce Foundation – Kuntz Galleries renovation

Goldring Family Foundation – Odyssey Ball

The Lupin Foundation – Odyssey Ball

John Burton Harter Foundation – Odyssey Ball

National Endowment for the Arts – Art storage building renovation

Louisiana Endowment for the Arts – General operating support

Save America’s Treasures – Permanent collection conservation Zemurray Foundation – General operating support

$99,999 - $50,000 The Selley Foundation – Art storage building renovation and website re-launch

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Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford – Odyssey Ball Ruby K. Woerner Foundation – Programming

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LOVE in the Garden and Odyssey Ball Bring NOMA Friends Together

undreds of NOMA friends attended LOVE in


Odyssey Ball with her late husband, was honorary

the Garden, the annual outdoor party

chairman. Special thanks to the Heebe-Russo family

benefiting the museum, on September 24, 2010. Held

and the Lupin Foundation for generously

beneath the light-strung oak boughs in the Besthoff

underwriting the gala.

Sculpture Garden, the event featured live music and

This spring, NOMA hosts a trio of events

food by local restaurants. Ten New Orleans artists

celebrating art, design, and the warmer months. Save

were honored.

the date for: Art in Bloom (March 30-April 3, 2011),

On November 13, 2010, the 45th annual Odyssey

the Fabergé Egg Hunt (April 9, 2011), and the much-

Ball unveiled the Great Collectors / Great Donors

anticipated return of the NVC Home and Art Tour

exhibition in honor of NOMA’s centennial year. Mrs.

(April 16, 2011). For tickets and information, see

Frederick Stafford, who chaired the inaugural or call (504) 658-4121.




LOVE in the Garden: 1. JoAnn Flom Greenberg and NOMA Director Emeritus E. John Bullard; 2. Mignon Faget, Joe Bruno, NOMA Director Susan M. Taylor, and NOMA Board of Trustees President Stephen A. Hansel; 3. Joe and Stephanie Bruno and LOVE guests. Photography by Judy Cooper.

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11 Odyssey Ball: 4. Sally Warren Wallman, Adee Heebe, and Aimée Farnet Siegel; 5. NOMA Director Susan M. Taylor and Director Emeritus E. John Bullard; 6. Sydney Besthoff and Dr. Siddharth Bhansali; 7. Raymond Rathle, Jr., Alexandra Stafford, Mrs. Frederick Stafford, and Aimée Rathle; 8. Pam and Ralph Lupin; 9. Fred and Jennifer Heebe; 10. Emily Daly, Elise Daly, and Robert and Jolie Shelton; 11. Jimmy and Pixie Reiss and Jim and Karen Ward. Photography by Judy Cooper and Jeff Strout.

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PROFILES IN GIVING A Tribute to Polly Guthrie president of the City Park Improvement Association and served on the Board of Trustees for the New Orleans Museum of Art as the City Park representative from 1983 to 1985. One of Polly’s most cherished memories of NOMA was the relationship that existed between the museum and her grandfather, Charles Woodward Hutson, a Louisiana artist known for his southwest Louisiana landscape paintings. The museum held two retrospectives Polly Nelson Guthrie and her brother Waldemar Nelson at City Park.

of Mr. Hutson’s work, one in 1948 and one in 1965. Polly worked closely with NOMA on the


t is with great sadness that NOMA says good-bye

development of the 1965 retrospective, and was

to a lifelong friend and supporter, Polly Guthrie.

always very appreciative of the museum’s interest in

We are deeply honored to accept a substantial bequest Polly left to the museum in her will. Polly and her family have had a rich and vibrant

her grandfather’s artwork. We are pleased that Polly’s relationship with NOMA led to so many happy experiences for her

relationship with the museum that has spanned

and her husband, John D. Guthrie, as well as many

many decades. The eldest of five children, Polly was

members of her family. We are profoundly touched

born Mary Nelson in 1914 but was always called

by Polly’s generosity, and she will be sorely missed.

Polly. She earned her B.A. at Newcomb College and an M.S. in botany at Tulane University. Later, while working as a chemist at the USDA Southern Regional Research Laboratory, she completed her Ph.D in physical chemistry. Polly spent many years as an active volunteer at NOMA, an institution she had loved since childhood. Her aunt, Ethel Hutson, was NOMA’s first secretary, serving under the museum’s first director, Ellsworth

Beques ts


Name NOMA as a beneficiary in your will and make a lasting contribution to the museum. Charitable bequests may allow for significant tax savings. For more information, please call (504) 658-4107.

Woodward. Polly’s brother, Waldemar S. Nelson, was

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Corporate Membership The following corporate members make it possible for NOMA to serve the public. Guarantor Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre Superior Energy Services, Inc. Whitney National Bank of New Orleans Patron The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation Master Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers Dooky Chase’s Restaurant The Schon Charitable Foundation Leader Boh Bros. Construction Co., L.L.C. Bolton Ford Hotel Monteleone Laitram, L.L.C. New Orleans Silversmiths Rathborne Companies East, L.L.C. The Times-Picayune assoCiate Bowie Lumber Associates M. S. Rau Antiques, L.L.C. Neal Auction Company, Inc. Contributor A. L. Lowe Picture Framing Company As You Like It Silver Shop Coffee Roasters of New Orleans Gulf Coast Bank Hirsch Investment Management, L.L.C. Kentwood Spring Water, Inc. Mignon Faget, Ltd. Mudbug Media, Inc. Sisung Securities Corporation Wirthmore Antiques, Ltd.


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