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Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France BY VICTORIA COOKE Curator of European Painting, NOMA

Pierre Auguset Renoir (French, 1841-1919) The Excursionist, 1896 Oil on canvas, 24 x 19-11/16 inches MusĂŠe des Beaux-Arts Andre Malraux, Le Havre

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he French people have long had a deep affection and high regard for the people of Louisiana and these feelings are mutual. In response to Hurricane Katrina, tens of thousands of French citizens generously donated more than $25 million to the French Red Cross to provide immediate aid for the devastated areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. The French Government’s response was equally prompt—the first by any foreign nation. On November 4, 2005, an official delegation from Paris, lead by the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, together with the French Ambassador to the USA, JeanDavid Levitte, and the Director of the Museé du Louvre, Henri Loyrette, visited New Orleans to personally access the damage and to discuss French support. A number of diverse relief programs resulted from this visit. For NOMA, the Minister promised an extraordinary exhibition of French art to assist in our recovery and to revive cultural tourism in New Orleans. Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France is the result of this promise made when NOMA’s and our city’s future looked most bleak. The extraordinary belief of the French Government in the complete recovery of New Orleans has inspired everyone associated with this project. Forty-five museums throughout France, including the Louvre and d’Orsay in Paris, have lent eighty-five of their finest paintings, many never before seen outside France. While some of the most popular French artists of the nineteenth century are included— Manet, Renoir, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec—the show includes a surprising number of the academic artists who depicted contemporary subjects, in this case the emergence of the modern woman in French society. The exhibition has been brilliantly curated by Francis Ribemont, Director of the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Rennes. Due to the dedication and hard work of Mr. Ribemont and his colleagues in France, the exhibition was organized in record-breaking time—one year rather than the normal three or four. Without the faith of the lending museums in NOMAs ability to properly handle and safeguard their treasures in the post-Katrina environment, the Femme exhibition would not have been possible. This is a must-see, blockbuster exhibition which will only be presented in New Orleans. Don’t miss it!. E. John Bullard





Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Victoria Cooke


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Lalique, Lalique, Lalique: Legends in Glass John Webster Keefe


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Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France BY VICTORIA COOKE Curator of European Painting, NOMA


n March 4, 2007, the New Orleans Museum of Art will open an exciting, unique exhibition: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France. Shown exclusively at NOMA, this exhibition presents the evolution of women’s roles in French society through paintings by a wide range of artists, including the avant-garde— Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso—and the Academic—Bouguereau, Béraud and Geoffroy. According to catalogue author, Ségolène Le Man, “all the them share the same quest for the representation of the living woman.” The nearly eighty-five paintings that make up Femme, femme, femme are divided into five thematic sections. The first section, “The Ages of Life,” includes twenty-two works that trace the path of a woman’s life from the cradle to the grave as she matures in this modern world of new opportunities. Here, visitors also will see the domestic roles of women, some being performed lovingly by mothers tending to their children and others by professional childcare providers. These paintings concentrate on the interaction between adult women and the children under their care. In Jean-Françoise Millet’s realist painting Feeding the Newborn William Bouguereau (French, 1825-1905) Mourning, 1859 Oil on canvas, 57-7/8 x 47-1/4 inches Musée de Beaux-Arts, Bordeaux

Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883) The Beer Waitress, 1878-79 Oil on cnvs, 30-1/2 x 25-9/16 inchs Musée Picasso, Paris (MP61)


a young mother gently blows on a spoon of pap to cool it for her child while in Edouard Vuillard’s colorful, Nabis painting Annette’s Soup (1901) a child is fed by a professional nurse. Jean Geoffroy, a Salon painter who chronicled society’s new emphasis on childhood education, gives viewers a glimpse into the bedtime routine of a Parisian crèche. These forerunners to modern day-care centers allowed women to work outside the home confident that their children would receive proper, professional care. A sub-section of the first section of the exhibition focuses on the hardships of life and the perseverance of women through misery, injustice and social denunciation, a popular subject for the influential writers of the day. Included in this section is the important study by Alfred Roll, The Striking Worker’s Wife, a maternal figure who confronts the viewer with her determination to survive. The final composition, which was exhibited at the Salon of 1884, influenced Zola’s novel Germinal. The second section of Femme, femme, femme — “Women at Work,” which includes twenty-four works— explores the great variety of jobs held by women outside the home during the last half of the nineteenth century. While historically artists had idealized images of female labor, the laundresses of Honoré Daumier and Eugène Boudin testify to the difficulty of their work. The popular Salon artist Jean Béraud depicted the exit of seamstresses at day’s end from the celebrated fashion house Maison Paquin. The highlight of this section of the exhibition will


Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) Dancers on Stage, 1889 Oil on canvas 29-15/16 x 32-5/16 inches Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon

be Edouard Manet’s The Beer Waitress of 1878. Through his rapid brushstrokes and vivid color, Manet captures the lively atmosphere of a Parisian café at night where workers drank beside bourgeois businessmen in their top hats. The artist was so impressed with the ability of a local beer waitress to balance multiple glasses at once that he asked her to pose for him to ensure greater authenticity. In scenes of labor in the French countryside where wives and daughters were needed to harvest crops and tend to cattle, the subject was often tinged with nostalgia. Visitors to Femme, femme, femme will see how different artists in the nineteenth century approached the topic. In Bretons at the Fountain, Jean-Baptiste Corot shows a woman in regional dress balancing a water pot on her head. The muted tones of his picture evoke a timelessness associated with rural life. Other pictures explore the various ways that women contributed to the productivity of the French agricultural economy, including the Barbizon painter Karl Daubigny and the academic Edouard Debat-Ponsan. Emile Bernard used the cloisonnism techniques of Post-Impressionists to show both the women who toiled as apple harvesters and those who strolled by the groves to observe the activity. The evolving position of women in the public arena, whether as courtesans, socialites, or businesswomen, forms the focus of the third section of the exhibition— “Women in Action.” The twelve works in this section

include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s portrait of the prostitute Rolande and Henri Gerveux’s image of the popular courtesan Lucie Delabigne, called Madame Valtesse de la Bigne, the inspiration for Zola’s Nana. Portraits of the original Veuve Clicquot and her greatgranddaughter, the Duchess of Uzès, Anne de MortemartRochechouart, of the celebrated champagne dynasty, illustrate the increasing presence of women in business. Other paintings show leaders in the fields of art and culture including the actress Sarah Bernhardt, the painter Rosa Bonheur and writer George Sand, as well as a selfportrait by the influential female Impressionist, Berthe Morisot. Collectively, these women represent the great strides made by professional women at the end of the nineteenth century. The fourth section of the exhibition—“Women and Leisure”—features sixteen images of leisure activities. Taking advantage of increased social freedom in Paris, glamorous women met at street fairs or in the fashionable shops as depicted in Jean Béraud’s Gloppe Pastry Shop (1889). A group of paintings in this section reveals a woman’s experience of the elegant balls popular at the time. In one, a mother breast feeds her child before going out for the evening. In another, Alfred Roll shows a tired woman struggling to remove a beautiful but cumbersome dress upon returning home from a ball. These are depictions of moments that offer glimpses into the private lives of society women, but (continued on next page)



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Jean Béraud (French 1840-1935) Gloppe Pastry Shop, 1889 Oil on wood, 14-15/16 x 20-7/8 inches Musée Carnavalet, Paris

women of all classes enjoyed dancing. The exuberance of Kees Van Dongen’s Moulin de la Galette is a testament to the joyful gatherings of the working class in the popular dance halls of Montmartre. Country idylls also were popular diversions of the day. James Tissot’s refined picnic and the quiet domestic routines of Caillebotte’s female relatives at their country retreat represent excursions from the city by proper, bourgeois women. In a less restrained composition, Pablo Picasso captures the spirited freedom of the seaside with women dancing on the beach in the latest, fashionable—and revealing—bathing attire. In the final section of the exhibition, “Women in Modern Life,” nine works illustrate the emerging independence of modern women and reminds viewers that as the twentieth century dawned ordinary activities could be symbolically revolutionary acts. The highlight of this section is Auguste Renoir’s lovely painting, The Excursionist (1896), which shows a modern French woman hiking in the mountains, an activity from which women were traditionally prohibited. Her face is flushed with a healthy, rosy glow as the ribbons on her hat flutter in the mountain air. Le Man finds this picture to be a fitting conclusion to the exhibition and “a symbol for women’s quest for new positions as they went out in the open air, and walked decisively towards a new destiny.” This extraordinary exhibition is a great gift from France to Louisiana and is the fulfillment of a promise made to New Orleans just two months after Hurricane Katrina. The French Minster of Culture and Communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, and President of the Louvre, Henri Loyrette, led a delegation of French diplomats and art curators on a tour of the city, which included a visit to the New Orleans Museum of Art. They renewed longstanding French ties to our beleaguered city and offered to assist the Museum during this unprecedented time with this exhibition of works from the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, and museums


throughout France. The French commissioners of this exhibition are Francis Ribemont, director of the Musée des Beauxs-Arts de Rennes, and Madame Danièle Giraudy, honorary director of the Musées de Marseilles. We are grateful to all those who have worked hard to bring this exhibition to life and are certain that Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France will delight visitors of all ages. ■ Femme, femme, femme is on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art March 4 through June 3, 2007. The exhibition has been organized by the Ministére française de la Culture et de la Communication— Direction des musées de France and La Réunion des musées nationaux. The exhibition is supported in France by Total. The exhibition is presented in New Orleans by Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. Additional support is provided by Lakeside Shopping Center and The Feil Organization; The Helis Foundation; Blanchard and Company, Inc.; The Booth-Bricker Fund; Capital One; Chevron; Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation; Sheraton New Orleans Hotel; WDSU News Channel 6; Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport; Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P.; Office of the Lieutenant Governor/Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; The Champagne Veuve Clicquot Collection; and Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, which is available in the NOMA Museum Shop.


DATES:.....................................................March 4 – June 3, 2007 HOURS:.....................................................10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last entry at 3:45 p.m.) Closed All Mondays, Tuesdays & Legal Holidays, including Easter Sunday, April 8 TICKETS: Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets are for a specific date and time based on availability. AUDIO TOUR:.....................................Free with Paid Admission NOMA Members.....$3.00 ADMISSION: FREE TO NOMA MEMBERS. Additional tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the NOMA Box Office. Adults.........................................................................$15.00 Seniors (65+) and Full-time Students with I.D..........$14.00 Children (3-17)..........................................................$10.00 Children under 3...........................................................Free Tickets for Louisiana residents with valid picture I.D. Adults...........................................................................$7.00 Seniors (65+)................................................................$6.00 Children (3-17)............................................................$3.00 Children under 3...........................................................Free Individual ticket sales provided through Ticketmaster. Greater New Orleans......................................504-522-5555 Baton Rouge...................................................225-761-8400 Outside Louisiana.........................Toll free 1-800-488-5252 TTD (hearing impaired only)......................1-800-755-6244 Or stop by any Ticketmaster location. Service, postage and handling charges apply.

MUSEUM SHOP:......................................10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. PARKING:..................................................Available in City Park Cameras and video cameras are prohibited. Umbrellas, backpacks and strollers must be checked. The New Orleans Museum of Art is fully accessible to the handicapped. Organized by

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication Direction des Musées de France/Réunion des Musées Nationaux

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Additional support generously provided by

Lakeside Shopping Center and The Feil Organization Blanchard and Company, Inc. The Booth-Bricker Fund

Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation

ADMITTANCE INTO THE MUSEUM PERMITTED ONLY ON DATES AND TIMES STIPULATED ON THE TICKET. THERE ARE NO EXCHANGES OR REFUNDS. In addition to Ticketmaster, tickets also may be purchased at the New Orleans Museum of Art. GROUP TICKET SALES – NON-LOUISIANA RESIDENTS (Minimum of 20 persons). Available now. Adults.........................................................................$12.00 Seniors (65+)..............................................................$10.00 Children (3-17)............................................................$3.00 GROUP TICKET SALES – LOUISIANA RESIDENTS (Minimum of 20 persons). Available now. Adults...........................................................................$6.50 Seniors (65+)................................................................$5.50 Children (3-17)............................................................$3.00


The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Lloyd A. Fry Foundation The Champagne Veuve Clicquot Collection Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. For more information, call the New Orleans Museum of Art at 504-658-4100 or visit


A Special Invitation His Excellency Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres Minister of Culture and Communications of France His Excellency Jean-David Levitte French Ambassador to the United States and Mr. E. John Bullard Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art Request the honor of your presence at the State Dinner and Inauguration of

Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society From Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Friday, March 2, 2007 Cocktails at seven in the evening Dinner at eight, followed by exhibition viewing New Orleans Museum of Art $500 per person Reservations: 504-658-4107

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Since space is limited for the dinner, invitations will not be mailed to the General Membership. For those interested in attending, please call Marilyn Dittmann at the above number for further information and to purchase tickets. There will be an all-day Members’ Preview of the exhibition on Saturday, March 3.

1001 South Broad Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70125 Tel: 504.821.6326 E-mail:



NEW INSTALLATION: Art Nouveau Doors and Transom in the Lupin Foundation Center for the Decorative Arts BY JOHN WEBSTER KEEFE The RosaMary Foundation Curator of the Decorative Arts, NOMA



n important pair of French Art Nouveau glass doors and matching transom by Nancy peintre-verrier Jacques Gruber (French, 1870-1936) have recently been installed in the Lupin Foundation Center for the Decorative Arts on the Museum’s second floor. Dated 1910, the set was originally designed for the vestibule entrance of a fashionable Belle Epoque residence. As a young man, Jacques Gruber received a scholarship from the city of Nancy, which enabled him to study in Paris with that great painter of the fantastical, Gustave Moreau (French, 1826-1898), at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Throughout his career Gruber was to be influenced by the style of his master. His Parisian studies completed, Gruber returned to Nancy and from 1894 to 1897 found work at the Daum Glassworks. There he learned the art of glass engraving and became fascinated with the medium of glass in general. He also taught decorative arts design at the Nancy Ecole des Beaux-Arts and quickly gained a reputation as an exponent of the new Art Nouveau style. Gruber was apparently a persuader for he received funding from local industrialists for both his own and his students’ projects. Among his pupils at that time were Jean Lurçat (French, 1892-1966), later to become internationally famed for his contemporary tapestries, and poster artist Paul Colin (French, 1892-1964). In the process of becoming a proponent of the cutting-edge Art Nouveau style, Gruber also became a highly sought free-lance designer. He executed furniture designs for Louis Majorelle (French, 1859-1926), a major figure in the evolution of Art Nouveau furniture, and ceramic models for the Mougin brothers, Joseph (1876-1961) and Pierre (1879-1955). Shortly after 1900, Gruber established his own independent atelier, which first specialized in the design and manufacture of stylish Art Nouveau furniture. During these years, one of his most celebrated designs was the bronze-mounted mahogany writing desk and matching chair now in the Sydney and Frances Lewis collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. Gruber also opened a stained-glass studio in Nancy, the work of which was immediately acclaimed. The glass decorations of the tearoom and cupola of the Galleries Lafayette in Paris were commissioned from the Gruber studio. Gradually, the work in stained and enameled glass superceded Gruber’s earlier interest in furniture design. The Museum’s doors and transom are dated 1910, a time when Gruber’s skills as a maker of colored architectural glass were at their zenith. The following year, he was awarded a gold medal at the prestigious annual Salon des Artistes Français. Thirteen years later, in 1924, at the age of fifty-four, Gruber was made a member of the Légion d’honneur. With the cessation of World War I in 1918, Gruber left Nancy for Paris, where he opened a glass studio at the Villa d’Alésia. That facility produced the colored glass for the choir of the Verdun Cathedral as well as secular glass for the Nancy steel works and for several French embassies. In his work at the Villa d’Alésia, Gruber was assisted by his son Jean-Jacques, who continued to operate the studio after his father’s death in 1936.1 The NOMA doors by Jacques Gruber follow the primary Art Nouveau tenet of “Art in nature; nature in art” in that the dominant motif is a blooming wisteria vine arranged as if in an arbor. The palette is rich but light in hue, with the wisteria blooms in a delicate mulberry enamel; the leaves in gold and two shades of green, with brun foncé veining; the suggestions of sky in pale blue and white pebbled glass; the center is

transparent pale green and the narrow inner borders in pale transparent turquoise. With the exquisite attention to detail, the wisteria blossoms are enameled obverse and reverse, thus producing an extremely painterly effect. That Gruber himself was pleased with the final effect is evident in his prominently enameled signature in stylish Art Nouveau script, “Jacques Gruber/Nancy 1910.” Now installed in a new custom back-lit shadowbox case, these stylish doors are well worth a visit to the Museum. ■ NOTE: 1. Jacques Gruber was the progenitor of an artistic family. One son, Francis (1912-1948), became a well-known modernist painter. Another son, the aforementioned Jean-Jacques, worked with his father as a peintre-verrier, and his son, Jacques-Antoine (born 1932) also became a peintre-verrier and a sculptor of some repute.

PAIR OF VESTIBULE DOORS AND TRANSOM, 1910 Jacques Gruber (French, 1870-1936) Transparent and translucent colored glass: cut and enameled; lead and wood Nancy, France Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art Museum Purchase: George S. Frierson, Jr. Fund. 1990.197 a-c Originally the vestibule entrance for an elegant Belle Epoque residence, this pair of doors and their transom were designed by French master peintreverrier Jacques Gruber of Nancy in 1910. Photo by Judy Cooper


A Revamped Fabergé Gallery To Open in February BY JOHN WEBSTER KEEFE The RosaMary Foundation Curator of the Decorative Arts, NOMA


lthough the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation collection of works by Fabergé will move in January to its new home at the Cheekwood-Tennessee Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, the Fabergé Gallery here will reopen in February with a totally new presentation of masterworks by the celebrated Russian artist-jeweler. Since its opening in 1983, the Fabergé Gallery has been the most visited space in the Museum. Clearly it was a facility which no one wished to see closed, but the daunting problem remained of how and where to find important works by Fabergé with which to fill the gallery. Happily, a number of longstanding friends of the Museum who owned Fabergé pieces responded immediately to requests for loans. Among these firstresponders were Louisianians John Lolley and Ann Strachan and Atlanta collector and museum patron Daniel R. Bibb. William Rau of M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, generously put me in touch with several of his Fabergé clients. To all of these friends and collectors, I was—and am—immensely grateful. However, even with their encouragement and generous loans, we remained a long way from filling seven display cases with Fabergé objects. When a call came through from Daniel Hodges, M.D., who had heard of the Museum’s need for additional works by Fabergé, I was thrilled. A trip was made to Lafayette to look at the collection, which had been started about four years earlier. Initially attracted to the silver flatware by the House of Fabergé, Dr. Hodges was inevitably led to the hardstone, enamel and gem-set creations of Fabergé. Such works by Peter Carl Fabergé have enthralled

collectors since their introduction in the latter 1880s. Numerous aristocrats, including Russian Tsars Alexander III and his son Nicholas II and England Queens Alexandra and Mary, developed a lively interest in the work of Fabergé as did numerous Rothschilds, King Chulalongkorn of Siam and such Gilded Age Americans as Henry Walters of Baltimore and Consuelo Vanderbilt, who was to become the Duchess of Marlborough. As a youth, Dan Hodges had been fascinated by the meticulously crafted miniature machines produced by his uncle, a man obsessed with perfection on a small scale. That such diminutive objects could be crafted with precision and attention to the most minute detail fascinated the young Hodges, instilling a lifelong appreciation of the small perfectly finished object. Encountering his first Fabergé objet de fantaisie, Hodges immediately recalled his uncle’s beautifully crafted miniature machines and felt the same compelling fascination. In common with almost all American collectors of works by Fabergé, Daniel Hodges was fascinated by the intertwined late nineteenth-century histories of the Romanov dynasty and the House of Fabergé. The Romanovs were considered to be the world’s richest rulers and had commissioned glorious works of art before the tragic and cataclysmic fall of the dynasty during World War I. The House of Fabergé had, in the same period, created great works of art and had, through no fault of its own, met a sad fate. These two entwined

OVIFORM BOX, prior to 1896 By Peter Carl Fabergé (Russian, 1846-1920); Julius Alexandrovich Rappoport (Russian, 1864-1916), workmaster, St. Petersburg Mors agate and sterling silver; height 6-3/4 inches Collection of David L. Hodges This handsome oviform box was modeled in the First Empire (1804-1814) style of the French emperor, Napoleon I, who was defeated by the Russian army in 1812. That defeat was a major setback for Napoleon’s plans for Europe. A patrician Russian population seized upon the First Empire style as marking this major event in Russian history, with the result that the First Empire style never passed from fashion in Tsarist. The domed cover of the box removes to reveal an interior compartment for hard candies and sweetmeats. The workmaster for the box, Julius Rappoport, was the head silversmith at the Fabergé headquarters in Bobhaya Morskaya Street and produced large objects and services, silver animals and silver-mounted hardstone pieces such as this box.



and associated histories were, of course, related to the passionate and tragic love of the last Tsar, Nicholas II, and his empress, Alexandra Feodorovna. These elements combined to imbue Fabergé’s objects with an enhanced romantic charm, particularly for American collectors. The Hodges collection includes several pieces of jewelry, picture frames, desk objects and clocks owned by such members of the Russian imperial family as the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, her daughter Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and the last Tsarina, Alexandra Feodorovna. With Dr. Hodges’s generous offer to loan a large number of Fabergé pieces, the Museum was able to envision a reopened Fabergé Gallery displaying a wide array of works ranging from personal jewels, a silvermounted mors agate Easter egg, inkstands, bellpushes, letter- and folio knives, snuffboxes, clocks and hardstone animals. All of these will demonstrate the incredible virtuosity of Peter Carl Fabergé, his work masters and their artisans. Although individual pieces in the Hodges collection have previously been included in noteworthy exhibitions of the work of Fabergé, this is the first time the overall collection has been seen publicly. The Museum is indeed grateful to all of these appreciators and owners of the art of Peter Carl Fabergé. Their generosity and public spirit have made it possible for the New Orleans Museum of Art to continue in its role as a major American site for the display of works by Fabergé. ■

Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection of Fabergé Masterworks To Move to Nashville BY E. JOHN BULLARD The Mondine McDaniel Freeman Director, NOMA


PHOTOGRAPH FRAME, 1906 By Peter Carl Fabergé (Russian, 18461920); Anders Johan Nevalainen (Russian, born Finland, 1858-1933), workmaster, St. Petersburg Gold, silver, enamel, bevelled lead glass, mahogany; 11-1/2 x 8 inches Collection of Daniel L. Hodges This large and impressive Fabergé frame was purchased by the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna to contain the very photograph it contains. Fabergé was well-schooled in the French eighteenth-century court styles, which had never gone out of fashion in Tsarist Russia. The formality and balance of the late Louis XVI style was particularly suited to Belle Epoque Russian taste. This period photogrpah shows Tsar Nicholas II in court military dress and was taken about 1896. The workmaster Anders Johan Nevalainen became a Fabergé master in 1885 and specialized in the production of enameled photograph frames in gold and silver as well as smaller gold and silver objects such as cigarette cases, table boxes, vodka cups, menu holders and covers for notepods. This large photograph frame is an important example of Nevalainen’s oeuvre.


or the near a quarter of a century since 1983, the New Orleans Museum of Art has been privileged to exhibit and care for the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection of works by the great Russian artist-jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920). During those twenty-three years, the Museum has published a catalogue on the collection, supervised its conservation needs and placed major pieces in the great international exhibitions of works by Fabergé. Now the time has come for the Foundation’s collections to move to Nashville, Tennessee, where it will be shown at the Cheekwood-Tennessee Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. The majority of Matilda Geddings Gray’s heirs now reside in Nashville and wish to have Mrs. Gray’s renowned collection in their adopted city. Cheekwood is building a special gallery in honor of the late Harold H. Stream, husband of Mrs. Gray’s niece and namesake, Matilda Gray Stream. The new gallery will be devoted to the Gray Foundation’s holdings of Fabergé, which include the celebrated Imperial Lilies-of-the Valley Basket, three Imperial Easter Eggs, and a large collection of floral groups among other Fabergé treasures. Although a Louisiana native, Mrs. Gray specified in her 1971 will that her Fabergé collection was to be placed in a foundation and travel to American cities whose museums were unlikely to have works by Fabergé in their collection. In 1983, the Foundation directed that the collection be placed on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Fabergé gallery here has been the most visited space in the building since its inception. The Museum is grateful to the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation for the extended loan of its Fabergé collection and wishes that collection well in its new home, where it will make its debut on February 2, 2007.

Imperial Caucasus Easter Egg from the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection


LALIQUE, LALIQUE, LALIQUE: Legends In Glass BY JOHN WEBSTER KEEFE The RosaMary Foundation Curator of the Decorative Arts, NOMA



alique is one of the most famous names in the history of twentieth-century glassmaking, enjoying instant recognition around the globe. Yet more remarkable is the fact that this celebrated house has maintained an identifiable style Lalique from the opening years of the last century through the present day. This noteworthy design legacy is largely due to the rare talents of the founder, René Lalique (1860-1945), which were passed on to his son Marc (1900-1977) and to his granddaughter Marie-Claude (1935-2003). Each of these family members was imbued with a strong loyalty to the family business and its traditions while being able to bring strong personal design influences to Lalique crystal. No other glasshouse has been able to meet the inevitable changes in fashion over a near-century while maintaining a highly acclaimed identifiable corporate style. The New Orleans Museum of Art has long been blessed with significant holdings of Lalique works. However, this aspect of the twentieth-century glass collection was recently notably strengthened by the gift of forty-seven pieces of the Lalique production from Dr. E. Ralph Lupin in memory of his wife, Freda Merlin

Lupin (1926-2004). Thus the present exhibition celebrates the noteworthy contributions of three generations of Lalique designers to twentieth-century design as well as the life of a notable New Orleans patroness of the arts. Appropriately, the exhibition is presented in the Cameo Gallery of the Lupin Foundation Center for the Decorative Arts, a facility whose existence owes much to the influence of Freda Lupin. The founder of the Lalique glassworks, René, was a rare blend of master jeweller, talented glass designer, technological innovator, business man, exhibition and interior designer. Yet more remarkably, René Lalique successfully moved from sinuous lyrical stylistic precepts of the Art Nouveau style to the bold geometric stylizations of the Art Deco mode. He managed this transition, upon which many another talented designer of the period had foundered, without a misstep. René’s son Marc became director of the Lalique works upon the death of his father in 1945. He had worked with his parent in both administration and design since 1922 but was faced with the daunting task of reopening and revitalizing the huge glasshouse following the termination of World War II. Possessing remarkable


technical and engineering skills as well as a talent for design, Marc Lalique had officially restored Lalique to a preeminent position among glasshouses with the 1951 Paris exhibition L’Art du Verre. Marc introduced a new, brighter and more limpid crystal formula in which such tour de force creations as his Cactus center table of 1952-53 were dazzling. Marie-Claude Lalique joined her father at the glassworks in 1956 at the young age of twenty-one. She worked in the design department while learning to administer the factory. A graduate of th Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Marie-Claude was well qualified to advance the design principles established by her grandfather and father. Her talent as a designer was evident in her glass vessels as well as in her jewelry designs utilizing Lalique crystal, semi-precious stones and enamel. Following the death of her father in 1977, Marie-Claude became the sole designer for Lalique, having earlier effected the reintroduction of colored and opalescent glasses to the Lalique line. All three Lalique generations were paid the compliment of having their designs imitated, copied and interpreted in a broad spectrum ranging from appalling to appealing. These spin-offs began in the early 1920s

Left to right: All of the pieces illustrated were produced by the Lalique Glassworks, Wingen-sur-Moder, France. VASE: Albert, designed by René Lalique (French, 1860-1945) in 1925 Transparent dark smoky topaz lead glass: pressed and polished Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Siddharth Bhansali. 1991.575

and have continued to the present day and have included some fine interpretations of the Lalique style by such makers as Maurice-Ernest Sabino, André Huncbelle and the Verlys glassworks. Such versions and Laliqueinspired objects are, of course, proof of the renown, romance and power of the Lalique name and its association with luxury glass. The exhibition includes the new Lupin memorial gift as well as more than fifty examples of transparent, opalescent and colored Lalique glass from the permanent collection ranging in date from 1921 to the present day. Included as well is a sampling of the best of the interpretations of the enduring Lalique style. Thus, three generations of outstanding design and their influence upon contemporaries and competitors will be available to the visitor to the exhibition. ■

LALIQUE, LALIQUE, LALIQUE: Legends In Glass will be on view on in the Museum’s secondfloor Cameo Gallery of the Lupin Foundation Center for the Decorative Arts March 4 through July 29, 2007.

The Albert vase by René Lalique is rare in this dark smoky topaz color; the stylization of the falcon heads forming the handles is typical of René Lalique’s facility with the Art Deco vocabulary. Marc Lalique’s large Rondé Enfants bowl/vase recalls the cire perdue (lost wax) vases of similar motif designed by his father in 1930 and 1932. Here, the rounded shoulders and lips of those earlier vases have been eliminated to produce a monumental bowl form.

Ex-collection: The Maharajah of Gwalior, India BOWL: Ronde d’Enfants, designed by Marc Lalique (French, 1900-1977), circa 1950-55 Colorless lead glass: mold-blown, satiné and cut Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art Museum Purchase. 1986.435 VASE: Iremaki, designed by Marie-Claude Lalique (French, 1935-2003), circa 1986-87 Colorless and transparent burnt orange lead glass: blown, pressed, applied, partially satiné and cut Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art Gift of Marie-Claude Lalique and Jacques Jugeat. 1991.94


The Iremaki vase by Marie-Claude Lalique is widely regarded as one of her most elegant designs and reflects her interest in reintroducing dramatic color contrasts to the Lalique line. The detail achieved in the applied stylized lizard appliqués is remarkable and testament to the quality of the Lalique molds. Represented here are three generations of Lalique designs, each responding to the stylistic developments of his day while maintaining throughout the over-sixty-year span a notably cohesive identifiable corporate style. Photo by Judy Cooper


The New Orleans Arts and Crafts Club: An Artistic Legacy


uring the Arts and Crafts Club’s operation from 1922 to 1951, the city of New Orleans saw a flowering of the arts and literature. The French Quarter, which was in decline in the early twentieth century, came alive with architectural renovations, art exhibitions, plays, lectures, recitals, puppet shows, and other cultural events. The Arts and Crafts Club introduced its students, BY JUDITH BONNER and the city at large, to major national and international Senior Curator, The Historic artistic trends in the fine and decorative arts. New Orleans Collection The New Orleans Museum of Art and The Historic New Orleans Collection have begun a collaborative venture, starting with The Arts and Crafts Club: An Artistic Legacy, which is on view at NOMA through May 31, 2007. In the Museum’s galleries are works by more than forty artists. Over 150 objects, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, ceramics, photographs, prints, books, and manuscripts elucidate the Club’s rich history and emphasize its hand-in-glove relationship with NOMA, then called the Delgado Museum of Art. Many of the national and international artists’ who were exhibited in the Club’s galleries are represented in NOMA’s permanent collection, including Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Jacques Lipchitz, Auguste Renoir, Raoul Dufy, and Alexander Calder. The Collection’s holdings are particularly strong in the early and developmental years of the Club and its New Orleans School of Art. The Club’s guiding principles paralleled the international Arts and Crafts movement, which developed in England under the influence of John Ruskin. The movement’s guiding philosophy rejected the artificiality of nineteenth-century aesthetics and the shoddy massproduced objects caused by industrial mechanization. It advocated simplified, individually handcrafted objects of excellent craftsmanship. The School of Art offered coursework on painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and pottery. Students learned the basics of composition and excellence in craftsmanship, before being encouraged to explore artistic expression through nontraditional art movements. Architecture classes were based on the teaching methods of the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris. Children’s classes provided a foundation for students like Boyd Cruise, who began his art studies with Marjorie Callender. At that time no comparable institution existed in the South. Many of the best-known New Orleans artists in the first half of the century were associated with the Club, including Angela Gregory (1903-1990), John McCrady (1911-1968), John Clemmer (born 1922), Clarence Millet (1897-1959), Will Henry Stevens (1881-1949), Enrique Alférez (19011999), Caroline Durieux (1896-1989), Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985) and Paul Ninas (19031964), who are included in the exhibition. Lyle Saxon’s (18911946) romantic newspaper articles about the Vieux Carré attracted artists and John McCrady (American, 1911-1968) writers like Sherwood Our Daily Bread, 1941 Anderson (1866-1941), Oil and tempera on canvas Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art whom H. L. Mencken

Enrique Alférez (American, born Mexico 1901-1999 Head of a woman [Clyre Barr], circa 1939 Plaster The Historic New Orleans Collection. 00.48

(1880-1956) called “America’s most distinguished novelist.” William Faulkner (1897-1962) came to visit Anderson, sharing an apartment with William Spratling (1900-1967). Together Spratling and Faulkner caricatured forty of the artists, writers, musicians, and professors in Sherwood Anderson and other Famous Creoles, dedicating the 1926 book “To All the Artful and Crafty Ones in the French Quarter.” Spratling caricatured Wayman Adams’s (1883-1959) portrait of author Grace King (1851-1932), painted earlier that year, acknowledging influences in his signature: “Grace King + Wayman Adams + Aubrey Beardsley + William Spratling.” Charles Bein (1891-1966) was the first director of the Club’s New Orleans School of Art. A graduate of Tulane and Columbia universities, he taught art and architecture. Bein portrays Olive Boullemet Lyons, associate editor for the Double Dealer, like a Far Eastern potentate in her gold gown and jade tiara. Millet depicted two French Quarter scenes related to the organization. American Legion Home (1923), temporarily housed the “Artists’ Guild,” as it was called in 1921. His 1930s Spring Art Fiesta depicts the event, which was begun in 1927 by the New Orleans Art League, an offshoot of the Arts and Crafts Club. Many of the artists who came through the Club, as students or teachers, later developed painting styles unlike that of their earlier years. The most notable and persistent international art trend featured in the Club’s galleries was Cubism, seen in works by Josephine Crawford (1878-1952), Paul Ninas, Daniel Webster Whitney (1898-1965), Xavier Gonzalez (1898-1993), and John Clemmer.

Museum Purchase, Benjamin M. Harrod Fund, 47.1



Crawford studied at the School of Art, then in Paris with Cubist theorist André L’Hote in 1928. Her portrait of board member Lydia Brown (n.d.) is painted in a traditional manner. Her colorful portrait of Francis Gains, the Henderson Family Nurse dates to her transitional period, before she developed her monochromatic style with simplified forms and minimal detail. Her First Communion, rendered primarily in shades of gray, dates to Crawford’s mature style. Crawford and Ninas (Club director after Bein resigned in 1932) are thought to have introduced Cubism into the city. Whitney’s works, however, showed characteristics of Cubism as early as 1926. Whitney, who studied at the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, differs stylistically in two portraits. His 1939 Portrait of Man is typical of 1930s’ artworks sympathizing with blue collar workers. A weary seated man with prominent calloused hands, clad in blue shirt and jeans, appears ready to speak about life’s difficulties. Whitney’s 1959 Man features faceted abstract elements, symbolism, and an ethereal quality of light. Gonzalez, who went on to success in New York, is represented with a 1947 Cubistic Crucifixion scene. Clemmer, who started his studies at the Club and whose Macbeth depicts a literary theme, served as the Club’s last director. After the organization closed, he taught at the Tulane University School of Architecture, then chaired the Newcomb College Department of Art. Angela Gregory’s bronze portrait head of cartoonist Edmond John “Jack” Sparling (born 1916), former Club student, is empathetic in treatment. Members of the Art League of New Orleans, an allmale group that evolved from the Club, exhibited in the Club’s gallery, the Gresham Gallery, and publisher

Daniel Webster Whitney (American, 1898-1965) Portrait of Man, circa 1939 Oil on canvas The Historic New Orleans Collection Gift of Mrs. Daniel Whitney, 1984.231.4

Joseph Harmanson’s 333 Royal Street Bookshop. Arnold E. Turtle’s (1892-1954) portrait of the bespectacled, shirt sleeved Harmanson is informal. Harmanson published several books important to Louisiana studies, including works by authors Stanley Clisby Arthur (1880-1963) and George Washington Cable (1844-1929). Other League members who exhibited at Harmanson’s are Knute Heldner (1872-1952), Eugene Loving (1908-1971), and Morris Henry Hobbs (1892-1967), Hobbs, who produced innumerable French Quarter street scenes, made a series of stamp-sized miniature etchings. His miniature etching press is exhibited in NOMA’s galleries, along with several of his prints. Alberta Kinsey (1875-1952), one of the only members active with the Club through its entire existence, was portrayed in 1928 by Ida F. Levy (n.d.). Kinsey, who painted countless scenes of French Quarter courtyards, taught the children’s class from June 1921 to June 1922, a year before the Club officially opened. Kinsey’s style, which matured over thirty years, symbolizes the flowering of art and literature during the years the Arts and Crafts Club flourished. This joint venture by NOMA and the Collection appropriately celebrates the eightyfifth anniversary of the Arts and Crafts Club and its considerable achievements. ■

Xavier Gonzalez (American, born Spain 1898-1993) Crucifixion, 1947 Oil on canvas Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art. 50.3


The Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans: An Artistic Legacy was organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art and The Historic New Orleans Collection and is on view at NOMA through May 31, 2007.


Articles of Beauty: Edo-period Paintings, Prints, Textiles and Decorative Objects BY LISA ROTONDO-McCORD Curator of Asian Art, NOMA



he Japanese beauty in Yamaguchi Soken’s Bijin (fig. 1) averts her gaze, her demure posture indicating a modesty belied by her striking white, blue and red attire. Her long blue sur-coat has slipped off her shoulders, alluringly revealing the white robe beneath. A large knotted red obi (sash) projects over the surcoat, contrasting sharply with the white and blue of the courtesan’s other garments. Each of these textiles is subtly embellished with gold or white—a sophisticated fashion statement by this high-level courtesan. The style of her hair and her tall, lacquered geta, or clogs, further attest to the sophistication of this alluring woman who showcases her finery while on her daily promenade. This painting is one of the nearly forty paintings, woodblock prints, textiles and decorative arts objects included in the exhibition Articles of Beauty: Edo-period Paintings, Prints, Textiles and Decorative Objects, on view in the Museum’s Japanese gallery from January 19 through May 20, 2007. Selected from NOMA’s diverse permanent collection of Edo-period Japanese art (1600-1858), these paintings, prints and objects focus on conceptions of “beauty,” as reflected in art of various media. One of the clearest manifestations of the Edo interest in beauty is in the presentation of bijin, or beautiful women, as in the Soken painting. Although most commonly associated with ukiyo-e painters and woodblock print designers who focused on the denizens of the entertainment districts in large cities, the subject of beautiful women, their robes, accessories and accoutrements were popular with artists from numerous traditions. Soken (1759-1818), a student of the maverick naturalist Maruyama Okyo (1733-95), displayed his technical skill, color sense and creativity, all within the parameters of a courtesan’s posture, robes, accessories and hair ornaments. The figure is placed against a blank background, with no indication of landscape or architectural setting. Landscape elements are present, however, in the patterns of the robes themselves: gold ink outlines the forms of banana leaves on the obi and grasses on the sur-coat, and white leaves of the heartshaped aoi grass form the overall decorative pattern on the pale robe. These decorative patterns on the garments create what has been termed “an inverted landscape”: instead of presenting landscape elements around the figure, the artist has made the human form the frame upon which landscape-patterned garments are supported.1 In addition to images of beautiful women, Articles of Beauty also includes a number of kimono and Noh robes from the Museum’s collection. These textiles provide a real-life corollary to the patterns presented in the paintings and woodblock prints. Further, several carved

Figure 1 Yamaguchi Soken (Japanese, 1759-1818) Bijin; Ink and color on silk Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art Museum Purchase: William B. Burkenroad Jr., Birthday Fund. 77.89


paper stencils, used in the process of resist-dyeing textiles, are included in the exhibition. These stencils, artworks in their own right, embody the rich textile tradition from which few actual examples survive. Another of the decorative arts in the exhibition is a small bronze Mirror (fig. 2). Artists often employed the conceit of a mirror in woodblock print and painting compositions featuring geisha or courtesans at their toilette. Mirrors have numerous associations with feminine beauty and were a popular motif in ukiyo-e prints and paintings. This late Edo example features a decoration of birds and bamboo, a composition often encountered in painting and other decorative arts. Along the mirror’s left side is an inscription, “Tenka-ichi,” or “First under the Heavens.” Originally denoting the premier craftsman in a guild, its use was prohibited in the late seventeenth century; however, it is commonly found on many nineteenth century mirrors, such as this example. ■ NOTE: 1. John T. Carpenter, “The Human Figure in the Playground of Edo Artistic Imagination,” Edo: Art in Japan 1615-1868. Washington, D.C.: The National Gallery of Art, 1998, 381.

Articles of Beauty is on view at NOMA January 19 through May 20, 2007.


Figure 2 Japan, Edo Period (1600-1858) Mirror with Birds and Bamboo Bronze Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art Gift of Dr. Kurt A. Gitter and Millie H. Gitter, 79.277


Art In Bloom 2007 Highlights New Orleans Rebirth

Fabergé Egg Hunt Returns to NOMA


ive la Nouvelle Orleans! NOMA is excited to welcome back Art In Bloom for the nineteenth year in the spring of 2007. This premier event will highlight the life and rebirth of our beloved city and will showcase the floral and artistic talents of more than seventy-five exhibitors. The Patron and Preview Party will provide guests with an initial peek at Art In Bloom’s extraordinary exhibits on Wednesday, March 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at NOMA. New Orleans’ premier restaurants will tempt guests while musicians offer music by which to view Art In Bloom’s ever-amazing creations. Come see for yourself what the heroes of New Orleans create in honor of their commitment to New Orleans and sacrifice following Hurricane Katrina in the Movers & Shakers category. In appreciation of NOMA’s French exhibition coinciding with Art In Bloom—Femme, femme, femme—take a walk down the Champs-Elysées via the presentations by the always intriguing Creative Designs participants. Wonder at the myriad of interpretive creations from participating Artists, Garden Clubs, and Professional Designers. The Patron Party auction—not to be missed—will feature original works of art from many of the region’s most desired artists. Thursday, March 29, is the date for the always splendid luncheon held at The Pavilion of Two Sisters at City Park. Before heading off to “do lunch,” be captivated by a lecture and floral demonstration by Dutch-born and New York-based Rene Hofstede of Mille Fiori ( Hofstede has been touted as a “designer to the celebrities.” His loyal following includes high-profile clients in the media, fashion, beauty, and entertainment industries. He will captivate his lecture audience with his much-anticipated presentation. The afternoon will be filled with the Southern charm of internationally renowned Haskell Eargle of Waxhaw, North Carolina. Eargle has delighted audiences for many years with his wit and remarkable floral talents. He has been hailed as a “masterful floral designer…able to work in a variety of styles, always resulting in an elegant masterpiece.” The exhibits of Art In Bloom will remain on view Friday, March 30, through Sunday, April 1.

We extend a hearty thanks to our generous sponsors to date: The Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation, Reily Foods Company, Superior Energy Services, Inc., Iberia Bank, Cooper/ T. Smith, Morgan Keegan, KPMG LLP, Shields, Mott & Lund. Special thanks as well to the Soniat House Hotel. For tickets and more information, call the NOMA Volunteer Office, 504-658-4121. ■

Rene Hofstede

Haskell Eargle


ue to the huge success of the 2006 Fabergé Egg Hunt, the second Fabergé Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, April 1, 2007, in NOMA’s Sydney and Walda Bestoff Sculpture Garden. The event will be chaired by Sanda Groome and will include music, storytelling, face-painting, spacewalk, crafts and refreshments. We will have a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. The main event will be an egg hunt organized by age group. We will have an increased amount of eggs from last year and give special prizes for the golden egg. The event will be a fun-filled afternoon for young and old alike. ■

From the 2006 Fabergé Egg Hunt



Our History Art Contest Winners Will Be on View at NOMA

Barbara Cecil Byrnes 1919-2006



he winners of the annual Our History Art Contest, sponsored by Cox Communications and Cox Media, will be on view at NOMA throughout February—Black History Month. The Our History Art Contest allows students from grades K-12 to submit artwork that reflects their choice of the most influential person or event throughout history. Students representing more than four hundred public, parochial and private schools throughout Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Charles parishes, are invited to enter a piece of artwork and be selected by a panel of judges for the chance of winning scholarship dollars and prizes for their respective school. Post-Katrina the contest has evolved into a long-term educational tool for the area youth in the greater New Orleans area. Now more than ever, it is important to recognize the contributions of many cultures in U.S. history. The need to examine the collective ingenuity, creativity, cultural and political experience of any contributor to society is necessary in the education and growth of its citizens. Throughout the local area schools, Cox Communications New Orleans saw a real need for students to learn more about the unique history of the United States, Louisiana, New Orleans and the region, and be able to express what they had learned in a productive and meaningful way.

Entries are judged on quality of line or paint application, completeness of composition, expression of artwork and originality and creativity. Four thousand dollars in scholarship money are available. In addition to the first-place winners, additional scholarship dollars and prizes also are awarded to second through fourth places in each of the five categories. Each school that submits the first-place entry receives art equipment for their classroom. The Cox Our History Art Contest culminates in a special recognition dinner/awards banquet held at the New Orleans Museum of Art during the weekend designated to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King in mid-January. This program is the only one of its kind in Louisiana. The Cox Our History Art Contest goes beyond the pages of history and allows talented young people the opportunity to have history come to life on canvas for others to learn about and enjoy. The program is not intended to be a substitute for learning about history, but to be a catalyst for discussion, research and recognition of the diverse and rich history found in our communities and in this country. The program enhances the knowledge of others, encourages the creative and artistic efforts of young people and fosters understanding in people of all ages. ■


arbara Cecil Byrnes, first director of the New Orleans Jazz Museum and wife of NOMA’s third director, James B. Byrnes, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2006, at their home in Los Angeles. Barbara was involved in the art world for many years as a collector, dealer and curator. She was a friend of many contemporary artists, among the most notable Juliette and Man Ray, Max Ernst and Robert Motherwell. While living in New Orleans in the 1960s with her husband, Jim Byrnes, she was a faithful volunteer to the then Isaac Delgado Museum of Art and worked valiantly on the exhibition and catalogue, Odyssey of an Art Collector, of the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Stafford of Paris and New York. This event was the basis for the first Odyssey Ball at NOMA. In another example of her devotion to NOMA and her husband’s work, when Jim Byrnes was courting Melvin P. Billups, a major collector of glass, and they visited the elderly but spry Mr. Billups in his Upper East Side apartment, he would want to go out dancing with Barbara, which she gamely went along with. The Museum eventually was given the collection, thanks to both the Byrnes’ efforts. Since moving to California in 1972, Barbara and Jim Byrnes returned often to New Orleans to visit their beloved NOMA. She will be sadly missed by her many friends here. ■

Jim and Barbara Byrnes


The Forty-first Odyssey Ball Celebrated !CARNAVAL! PHOTOS BY JUDY COOPER


ovember 11 was the date and NOMA was the place for the crown jewel of the New Orleans fall social calendar. Hurricane Katrina forced its cancellation last year, but nothing could stop it in 2006. To the joy of the eight hundred guests, Odyssey Ball triumphantly returned. From the moment one arrived at the red-carpeted steps leading into the Museum, it was clear that this would be no ordinary gala. The brilliantly lit façade, the smoke billowing down the steps on either side of the red carpet, beckoned guests inside. There, in the Great Hall, more visual delights awaited. It had been magically transformed into Carnival in Venice by the renowned event designer Blaine Kern, Jr. of Mardi Gras Productions. Guests, arriving in lovely ball gowns and black tie or spectacular bal masque creations were greeted there by Museum Director E. John Bullard and Odyssey Ball Chairs Judy and Tom David and Julie and Ted George. In keeping with the theme of NOMA’s current exhibition, ¡Carnaval!, a troupe of mimes in bright jewel-toned costumes (whose visages graced the Ball invitation and program) mingled with the guests to the obvious delight of all. Two elaborately costumed and bewigged ladies posed as statues, two other costumed characters portrayed a marionette and his puppeteer. It was all stunning and well complemented by the caviar checkerboard and other hors d’oeuvres served at the Patron Party by New Orleans Caterers. The opportunity to have a private viewing of the ¡Carnaval! exhibition was also a special treat for ball goers. Suddenly a few sharp drumbeats were heard, and the air grew thick with suspense. As the musicians, dancers and stilt walkers of Casa Samba shimmied into

the crowd the party exploded. Who could resist that Brazilian beat? No one! What a show. “We should have them at Odyssey Ball every year!,” one patron exclaimed. And there was so much more. The House of Blues recreated its Foundation Room in the Ella West Freeman Foundation Courtyard, and Renaissance Publishing and Mardi Gras Productions created a New Orleans carnival ball setting in the Booth-Bricker Fund Courtyard. The Caribbean group Bamboula performed in the Courtyard Café, compliments of the House of Blues, and the show band E.L.S. sang Motown and other hits in the Great Hall. Everyone danced until midnight, taking breaks of course to enjoy a delicious dinner buffet provided by New Orleans Caterers, and to “shop” at the amazing Odyssey Ball auction. The fabulous Odyssey auction featured more than seventy-five items—art, antiques, jewelry, a cruise, weekend getaways to name but a few. Without a doubt, this was the best gala auction in town. Special thankyous are due to the accounting firms Postlethwaite & Netterville and Price Waterhouse for providing accountants to work the auction, and to Auction CoChairs Kay McArdle, Brenda Vorhoff and Diane Walmsley for the spectacular auction. The Ball is over, but the ¡Carnaval! exhibition is still here. Don’t miss it. And when you’re there, you might almost hear the samba beat, the Motown tunes and the Caribbean melodies of Odyssey Ball echoing in NOMA’s galleries. ■

The Odyssey Ball 2006 was generously underwritten by a grant from The Lupin Foundation.

Left: Odyssey Ball Chairs Tom and Judy David, Julie and Ted George Right: NOMA Trustee Dr. E. Ralph Lupin, Pam Halter, NOMA Director E. John Bullard

Left: NOMA past Trustee Charles B. Mayer, Aimee and NOMA Trustee S. Stewart Farnet Right: Lisa and Paul Daigrepont, Cammie Mayer, George Rodrigue



Carnaval in New Orleans A Friend of NOMA Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi Chili’s and Romano’s Macaroni Grill Restaurants Goldring Family Foundation Greater Lakeside Corporation House of Blues Mrs. Charles W. Ireland Gloria Kabacoff M. G. and P. L. Maher Foundation Mardi Gras Productions by Blaine Kern, Jr. Renaissance Publishing Robert and Jolie Shelton Carnaval in Venice BellSouth Sydney and Walda Besthoff Eustis Insurance & Benefits Frischhertz Electric Company Mr. and Mrs Lawrence D. Garvey Debra and Robert Patrick Carnaval in Brazil Capital One, N. A. Mrs. Frank M. Caponetto Dr. and Mrs. Tom V. David Mr. and Mrs. Prescott N. Dunbar Latter & Blum, Inc. Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry Omni Energy Services Corp. Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Sibyl White Carnaval at NOMA Chevron Mr. and Mrs. Daniel O. Conwill, IV Larry and Marla Garvey Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. George

Herb and Maija Kaufman Sally E. Richards Loyola University Carnaval in Spain Borgella Ltd. D/B/A Copacabana E. John Bullard Barbara V. Broadwell Mr. and Mrs. James J, Coleman, Sr. Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Fidelity Homestead Harry T. Howard III Eugenie J. Huger Mr. and Mrs. Charles Buck Mayer Mr. and Mrs. Rick S. Rees Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Reily, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen Henry and Pat Shane Stewart Capital L.L.C. Joel W. Weinstock Carnaval in Trinidad & Tobago Adelaide and Ed Benjamin William P. Brown Stephen W. Clayton Dr. and Mrs. Isidore Cohn, Jr. Richard C. Colton, Jr. Marie Louise de la Vergne Julie Fishelson Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Freeman, Jr. Paul and Judith Graffeo JoAnn F. Greenberg and William Lucas Jay Gulotta and Susan Talley Susan and Jimmy Gundlach Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heebe Heidi and Arthur Huguley Iberia Bank Frank and Coya Levy Judge Marcel Livaudais, Jr.

Ms. Kay McArdle and Mr. Joseph Handlin Mr. and Mrs. R. King Milling Mike Moffitt and Brenda Vorhoff Mr. and Mrs. George R. Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. William D. Norman, Jr. Françoise B. Richardson Dr. and Mrs. Douglas Slakey Mr. and Mrs. Philip Slakey Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Smith, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Stahel Dr. and Mrs. Richard L. Strub Mr. and Mrs. James Lyle Taylor Carnaval in Switzerland Sid Bhansali, M.D. Ann Duffy and John R. Skinner Stephanie and Ludovico Feoli Timothy A. Foley Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Goldenberg Lynn Harrington Catherine Hill and Bryan Francher Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fullmer Gary L. Laborde Mr. and Mrs. V. Price LeBlanc Martiel A. Luther Mr. and Mrs. George H. Massey Mr. and Mrs. Grover Mouton E. Quinn Peeper, M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Norvin L. Pellerin Margaret C. Portillo Leo J. Radosta and Dr. Erin E. Boh E. Alexandra Stafford and Raymond Rathle Marcia Marney Rushing Nannetta B. Smith Mrs. Harold H. Stream Bob and Sharon Weilbaecher Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitley Laura and John Williams William H. Woods

Left: Terrance and Stephanie Osborn Right: David and past NVC Chair Sanda Groome

Left: Jim Sugarman, Daniel Bibb, Wayne Amedee Right: NOMA Curator of African art William Fagaly, NOMA Honorary Trustee Leah Chase, NOMA Trustee Edgar L. Chase III




New NOMA Membership Categories Are Implemented

huge Thank You to all of the very generous, loyal and dedicated members of the New Orleans Museum of Art who have continued to provide vital support for NOMA despite the many hardships brought on by Hurricane Katrina. Museum members continue to enjoy a variety of privileges through their NOMA membership: free and priority admission—including the upcoming blockbuster Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France, invitations to exhibition previews, subscription to Arts Quarterly, discounts on art classes and in the Museum Shop, curatorial opinion service, use of Dreyfous Art Reference Library, plus volunteer and travel opportunities. Because of NOMA’s many membership levels and too few staff members to service each category, the Museum has made the following changes to its

membership categories, effective January 1, 2007. The three Circle groups—President’s $20,000, Director’s $10,000, and Patron’s $5,000—remain the same. Circle memberships include all Fellows, Delgado Society and Collector’s Society benefits. The Fellows dues will increase to $1,500 from $1,000. The Delgado Society and Partners in Art will merge into one category with dues of $500. Previously, Delgado Society dues was $550 and the Partners in Art was $275. The Advocates and Associate memberships will be abolished. Dues for the Champions will increase from $90 to $100. The Friends groups—Asian, Contemporary, Decorative Arts, Ethnographic, Photographs, Prints and Drawings, and Sculpture Garden—will be merged into one category—the Collector’s Society, with dues of $200, increased from $125. Finally, Individual ($40) and Family ($60) memberships will merge into one category—General membership—with dues of $60. ■

Museum Membership ❑ New ❑ Renew: Account # ________________________ ❑ I am interested in learning about Volunteer Opportunities MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES ❑ General $60 •Free admission at all times open to the public for two adults, plus children or grandchildren 17 and under •Subscription to Arts Quarterly •Invitations to Members’ Only Preview reception •10% discount in the Museum Shop •Discount on Art Classes and other educational programs •First notices of special events at NOMA •Use of the Dreyfous Art Reference Library •Opportunity to attend the Odyssey Ball •Annual Members’ Meeting •Opportunity to participate in volunteer programs •Curatorial Opinion Service •Members’ Art Tours ❑ Champions $100 A group dedicated to the appreciation of works by AfricanAmerican and Caribbean artists. General membership privileges, plus free Museum admission for one guest when accompanied by the members(s). ❑ Sustaining $125 General membership privileges, plus free Museum admission for two guests when accompanied by the member(s). Reciprocal membership privileges to numerous major art museums and one free Museum publication. Title: ❑ Dr.

❑ Mr.

❑ Mrs.

❑ Ms.

Name ____________________________________________________ Address __________________________________________________

❑ Collector’s Society $200 There are seven areas of interest in close association with a NOMA curator: Asian Art, Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Photography, Ethnographic Art, Prints and Drawings, and Sculpture Garden. Programs are presented by guest art historians, collectors, dealers and curators. General membership privileges, plus free Museum admission for two guests when accompanied by the member(s). Reciprocal membership privileges to numerous major art museums and one free Museum publication. ❑ Delgado Society $500 Visits to artists’ studios and private collections are arranged to enhance members’ interests in art and and collecting. Delgado Society members are invited to an annual special event honoring one of Louisiana’s prominent artists. General membership privileges, plus free Museum admission for two guests when accompanied by the member(s). Reciprocal membership to numerous major art museums and one free Museum publication. ❑ Fellows $1,500 In additional to the unique educational and social programs designed just for them, plus special events and trips during the year, Fellows also are invited to an annual special event held in their honor. General membership privileges, plus free Museum admission for two guests when accompanied by the member(s). Reciprocal membership to numerous major art museums and one free Museum publication. ❑ Patron’s Circle $5,000 ❑ Director’s Circle $10,000 ❑ President’s Circle $20,000

Total Amount Enclosed $_________________ ❑ Check/Money Order (Please make checks payable to the New Orleans Museum of Art.) Charge to my: ❑ Visa ❑ Mastercard ❑ AmEx Card Number _______________________________________ Exp. Date ________

City _____________________________________________________ State/Zip _________________________________________________ Phone (Home) ____________________________________________ Phone (Business) __________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________


Signature ____________________________________________________________ Print Name As It Appears on Credit Card _____________________________________________________________________ Mail form and payment to: New Orleans Museum of Art * PO Box 19123 • New Orleans, LA 70179-0123 or log onto the Museum’s website


Join A Circle and Upgrade Your Support of NOMA


he Board of Trustees of the New Orleans Museum of Art cordially invites you to upgrade your support and become a member of the Patron’s Circle, Director’s Circle or President’s Circle. These categories, our most prestigious levels of annual giving, are comprised of individuals who contribute $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 each year in unrestricted funds. NOMA is pleased to extend unique privileges including Fellows and Collector’s Society memberships to those who demonstrate their commitment at these levels. We are most grateful for your generous and continuing support.

President’s Circle


Director’s Circle


Patron’s Circle •

A New Charitable Giving Option: Make a Charitable Donation to NOMA from Your IRA


Free admission to the Museum and Sculpture Garden plus free admission for additional guests when accompanied by the donor Reciprocal membership in major art museums across the U.S. and Canada

Complimentary membership in The Fellows and Collector’s Society

All Members Previews of special exhibitions; with prior arrangement, Circle members may bring additional guests.

A special evening program with the Museum’s Director An opportunity to have a private tour with the Director or Curator of a collection or special exhibition of your choice, with complimentary beverages in the Woldenberg Board Room, for a party of up to six individuals, at a mutually agreed upon time


An invitation to attend a private dinner with the Board President, Museum Director and a private collector in a major city.

A special dinner in a private collector’s home

For private parties, elegant private galleries are available for rental

Invitations to attend behind-the-scenes events with Museum curators

A special series of Curators’ Talks

Advance tickets for Members’ lectures

Advance announcements for special travel programs

A special reception in the Sculpture Garden

Annual listing on Donor Wall as a member of the Circle group

Listing in the Annual Report

Special recognition in Arts Quarterly

Two complimentary publications selected by the Museum

An opportunity to use an elegant private gallery with the rental fee waived


id you know that a new provision in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows taxfree direct transfers from IRAs to qualified charities? IRA owners who have attained age seventy at the time of the gift can make tax-free charitable distributions directly from their IRAs to nonprofit organizations such as NOMA. The distribution is tax-free because it goes directly to charity. Since it is not taxable income to you, you don’t ever claim a charitable deduction on your Form 1040. In addition, these gifts are not subject to the percentage limitation rules that affect the other charitable gifts you are making. The only limit is that the total transfers from IRAs to charities cannot exceed $100,000 per year. This is in addition to your usual charitable gifts, so you can actually increase your overall giving by $100,000 per year. Charitable gifts from your IRA also satisfy your minimum annual distribution requirement from your IRA. Therefore, you can redirect taxable income you would otherwise be required to receive to charity. The provision is for tax years 2006 and 2007 only, so you should act soon.

Previews of special exhibitions on press preview days __________________________________________________ These circles recognize cumulative giving in a calendar year, restricted to gifts of Annual Appeal and membership dues. Contributions to capital projects and special events do not apply. __________________________________________________ For further information, please contact NOMA’s Development Department, 504-658-4115. ■

You can direct your IRA gifts to NOMA, your alma mater, or to any other public charity, since they are qualified charitable distributions under this new provision. Distributions to charitable remainder trusts, donor-advised funds or private foundations do not qualify. Contact your IRA plan administrator to make the transfers directly to the charities. There is a form you will need to fill out, listing the charities and the amounts to be transferred. Don’t wait until the end of the year, though, because IRA sponsors may be swamped with requests, so act now! Just as with any charitable contribution, you should receive the regular acknowledgment from the charity, and you may not receive anything of value in return for your contribution. ■

As with all advice on charitable giving, you should review your plans with your own professional advisors. This article is meant for educational purposes only.


Wildenstein & Co. Exhibition Benefits NOMA’s Katrina Recovery Fund


n November 15 and 16, two gala benefits for NOMA were held in New York City at Wildenstein & Co. to inaugurate an exhibition The Odyssey Continues: Masterpieces from the New Orleans Museum of Art and from Private New Orleans Collections. The first evening was a black-tie viewing of the exhibition with fabulous dinner following at Le Bernadin, considered by many the finest restaurant in New York. The award-winning chef Eric Ripert designed a special Creole menu inspired by his recent visit to New Orleans. The second evening was a champagne reception at the gallery to view the exhibition. Both events were hosted by Guy Wildenstein, President of Wildenstein & Co., long considered the greatest old master gallery in the world. The two benefits were supported by foundations, corporations and individuals in New York and New Orleans and raised more than $300,000 for NOMA’s Katrina Recovery Fund. The exhibition features eighty-eight of NOMA’s finest paintings, drawings and sculptures, from Renaisance Italy to Contemporary America, plus seven works from three private New Orleans collections. After closing in New York on February 9, 2007, the exhibition will travel to the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, for the summer of 2007. The exhibition was the brain child of Joseph Baillio, Vice President of Wildenstein & Co., a well-known scholar on French eighteenth-century art, a native of Louisiana and a good friend of NOMA’s. Mr. Baillio selected the works in the exhibition and wrote the extensive essay on the French presence in Louisiana for the beautiful, fully illustrated catalogue. The catalogue is now available in the NOMA Shop. ■

Left to right: Henry Casselli and George Rodrigue, two of Louisiana’s most famous artists. Photo by Judy Cooper

Left to right: Guy Wildenstein, President, Wildenstein & Co., host of the Benefit Gala; Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford, NOMA Life Trustee and Chair of the Benefit Committee; E. John Bullard, NOMA Director. Photo by Alexandra Stafford

Left to right: Paul J. Leaman, Jr., NOMA Trustee and Chair of Katrina Recovery Committee; Joseph Baillio, Vice President of Wildenstein & Co. and organizer of the exhibition and author of the catalogue; Mrs. Barbara Currier. Photo by Judy Cooper



The Katrina Recovery Campaign: $15 Million for the New Orleans Museum of Art


he New Orleans Museum of Art continues to face an unprecedented crisis due to the damaged caused by Hurricane Katrina to the Museum and Sculpture Garden. To aid in the Museum’s recovery, NOMA has announced a Recovery Campaign with a goal of $15 million to help fund the next three years of operations. Due to financial pressures post-Katrina, we were forced to lay off seventy of the Museum’s eighty-seven full-time employees. We are fortunate that our main collection was spared major harm, but we have much to do to recover from the worst national disaster in our country’s history.

OUR RECOVERY PLAN: $15 MILLION FOR OPERATIONS OVER THREE YEARS A small group of trustees, our director, and our remaining staff members are hard at work on recovery plans. We have built a financial plan that allowed us to reopen and to rehire staff on a staggered basis. The cost of the plan is $15 million over three years, most of it for operations. Due to the heroic actions of our staff, the Museum’s collection is basically safe and sound, but basement offices, mechanical and electrical systems, archival areas, and storage areas all were damaged. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden also suffered extensive damage to its landscaping, lighting, and lagoons, and one sculpture was seriously damaged.


FACING MASSIVE CHALLENGES Our challenges in the post-Katrina environment are unprecedented. We have limited access to the normal funding resources that have supported us for decades. There are some points of light however. The Museum has received support from individuals, corporations, foundations and museum organizations throughout the country. Our friends all over the world have come to our aid, and we would like to ask you to join them. HOW YOU CAN HELP Due to the widespread devastation in our region, we must take our case to a national audience. We feel our message is being heard with sympathy, and many are already coming to our aid. Your financial support, in the form of cash or pledges of up to three years, is needed immediately to help fund the Katrina Recovery Plan. With your support, the Museum can continue to serve our many constituents. Please give generously to the New Orleans Museum of Art. Your gift will support the cultural rebirth of New Orleans and the Gulf South. For further information, please contact: E. John Bullard, Director New Orleans Museum of Art P.O. Box 19123 New Orleans, LA 70179-0123


NOMA’s Katrina Recovery Fund Receives Support from National Corporations, Foundations, Museum Organizations and Individuals


ollowing Hurricane Katrina, NOMA embarked on an ambitious financial recovery strategy of $15 million over three years. The Museum has received support from individuals, corporations, foundations and museum organizations throughout the country. Because of this overwhelming support, NOMA has been able to rehire a number of employees who were laid off after the storm and to reopen the Museum on March 3, 2006. The members of the Museum’s board of trustees and staff are grateful to the following donors to NOMA’s Katrina Recovery Fund as of August 31, 2006. Donations to NOMA’s Katrina Recovery Fund should be mailed to the New Orleans Museum of Art, P.O. Box 19123, New Orleans, Louisiana 70179-0123. ■

FOUNDATIONS Alconda-Owsley Foundation American Express Philanthropic Program The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Azby Foundation Benjamin Rosen Foundation The Buddy Taub Foundation Burkenroad Foundation California Community Foundation Caterpillar Foundation Downman Family Foundation Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation Ella West Freeman Foundation Eugenie & Joseph Jones Foundation Henry Luce Foundation Helis Foundation Heymann-Wolf Foundation Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation J. Aron Charitable Foundation John Burton Harter Foundation Laurel Foundation Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Philanthropic Collaborative The Rosentiel Foundation Samuel H. Kress Foundation Samuel Newhouse Foundation/Times-Picayune Schon Charitable Foundation Thaw Charitable Trust Van Der Linden Family Foundation Whitehead Foundation William Randolph Hearst Foundation Zemurray Foundation

FEDERAL Institute of Museum and Library Sciences National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities

CORPORATE Altria Group, Inc. Arthur Roger Gallery Cheim & Read Gallery Deutsche Bank America’s Foundation FedEx Corporation General Exploration Co Inc. LKBOC, LLC Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Merrill Lynch M. S. Rau Antiques LLC One Canal Place LLC Sizeler Realty Co., Inc. United Technologies Wequasett Inn Resort and Golf Club MUSEUM ORGANIZATIONS American Association of Museum Directors Brooks Memphis Museum of Art


Cincinatti Museum of Art Columbus Museum of Art Flint Institute of Arts Friends of the Bass Museum Kimbell Art Museum Louisiana Endowment for the Arts Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities North Carolina Museum of Art Opelousas Museum of Art Southeastern Museums Conference Tampa Museum INDIVIDUALS Bethlehem K. Andrews F. M. Ball Paul Bellardo Andrew K. Block Charles E. Carmichael Ann Cox Chambers Christopher E. Cragg Mignon Faget Eric Fischle Sandra Freeman Janice M. Gillaspie Mrs. John D. Guthrie Quintin T. Hardtner Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Elisabeth Lewyt Paula L. Maher James McClennan George Mills Leonard and Susan B. Nimoy Wanda O’Shello Kurt Overton George and Wendy Rodrigue Lisa and Jonathan Rotondo-McCord Greg Salter Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Stahel Jack Stein Jean Stein George G. Villere Malcolm Hewitt Weiner Emily Kass and Charles J. Weinraub George V. Young

AXA GALLERY GALA, NEW YORK INDIVIDUALS Mr. John C. Abajian Mrs. Stephen E. Ambrose Mr. Lawrence T. Babbio, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. F. Macnaughton Ball, Jr. Ms. Roberta P. Bartee Mrs. Anita Friedman Berman Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi Ms. Franklin Boyd Mr. and Mrs. Ralph O. Brennan Mr. and Mrs. Edgar E. Bright, Jr. Mrs. Barbara Viavant Broadwell Ms. Donna Brydson Mr. E. John Bullard Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Canizaro Michael and Marie Capellas Mr. Russell L. Carson Mr. and Mrs. Frank Caufield Mr. and Mrs. John Clemmer Dr. and Mrs. Carmel Cohen Mr. and Mrs. James G. Coulter Mr. Douglas S. Cramer Ms. Barbara D. Currier Mr. and Mrs. John Curtis Mr. and Mrs. Richard Danziger Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell Davidson IV Mrs. Mary Davidson Mr. William J. Deasy Mrs. Ruth delaGueraniere Mr. and Mrs. D. Frank Dixon Ms. Jean Doumanian


Mr. George B. Dunbar Mr. and Mrs. Prescott N. Dunbar Mr. Hayden Dunbar Dr. and Mrs. John Ollie Edmunds, Jr. Allison S. Elsee Ms. Julia S. Elsee Margaret Evangeline Eydale Mr. Jeffrey J. Feil Professor and Mrs. Meyer Feldberg Linda Fendley D.F.K. Finlay Mr. Edward Finnegan Julia Fishelson Barbara Fleischman Charles Fleischmann Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Freeman, Jr. Alexandra D. Georges Mr. and Mrs. Peter Georgescu Mr. and Mrs. Louis Germano Dr. Kurt A. Gitter and Mrs. Alice Rae Yelen Mary Louise Guertler Ms. Agnes Gund and Mr. Daniel Shapiro Ms. Patricia Hambrecht Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Hansel Marjorie and Gurnee Hart Mr. Louis H. Haym Peter J. Hicks Mary Tavener Holmes Mrs. Killian L. Huger, Jr. Ms. Jaqueline Humphries Jennifer Maguire Isham Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Judell Mrs. Gloria S. Kabacoff Mrs. George M. Kaufman Grace and Sanford Kaynor Dodie Kazanjian Mr. and Mrs. Michael W. Kearney Anne Keating Dr. and Mrs. Henry A. Kissinger Charles D. Klein Susan F. Kline Mr. Michael S. Kramer Mr. George C. Lancaster Loeber Landau Mr. Richard Landy and Mrs. Landy Jo Carole Lauder Mr. Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Mr. Lee H. Ledbetter Nicholas B. Lemann Mrs. Lewis Liman Mr. and Mrs. George L. Lindemann Jesse Robert Lovejoy Al and Gail Maiolo Mrs. Shirley R. Masinter Mr. Jeremy R. Michael Rosetta A. Miller Donald K. Miller Mr. and Mrs. R. King Milling Mrs. Elaine Mintz Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Morrison, Jr. Mr. Louie Mtisu Mr. Jonathan Neil Mary Lockett Nelson Patrick and Kim Nettles Dr. and Mrs. John L. Ochsner Ms. Kathleen O’Grady Marie D. O'Neill Janice and Roger Oresman Dr. Howard and Dr. Joy D. Osofsky Ms. Judith Y. Oudt Jane B. Owen Daniel and Nancy Paduano Mr. Geoffrey S. Paul Nicholas and Carol Paumgarten Drs. Paul and Virginia Pellicci Mr. and Mrs. R. Hunter Pierson, Jr. Max Pine


Mr. and Mrs. O. Miles Pollard, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rault Mr. and Mrs. Stan Rawn Mr. and Mrs. William Rayner Mr. and Mrs. Howard Read Mr. and Mrs. James J. Reiss, Jr. Ms. Bryce W. Reveley Daniel and Barbara Ribacoff David Rockefeller Kenneth and Ellen Roman Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin M. Rosen Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rosenberg John Parker Roy Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Rubinstein Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Ruch Mrs. Dominick Russo, Jr. and Ms. Andrea Heebe Mr. and Mrs. John K. Saer Vera Plaskon Safai Jane Safer Mr. Ira Sahlman Didi and Oscar Schafer Ms. Janet L. Schinderman Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Schloss Mr. Jan Schoonmaker Katie Schwab Mr. Richard A. Shaffer Ms. Sharene Shariatzadeh Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shelton Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Sherrill Mr. Frank V. Sica Mr. and Mrs. Rodney R. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Baker Smith Mr. Stephen Sondheim Mr. Robert Sonnier Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford Mrs. Mary E. Stern Mrs. Harold H. Stream, Jr. Mrs. Patrick F. Taylor Clara P. Walmsley Mr. William M. Weiant Ms. Rosalyn Ditta Weinstein Mrs. John N. Weinstock Mr. Gerald Weissman and Mrs. Weissman Ian A. Weyehauser Mr. Charles Lewis Whited, Jr. Mrs. Nan S. Wier FOUNDATIONS AND CORPORATIONS Ann Kendall Richards, Inc. Anncox Foundation, Inc. The Annette Urso Rickel Foundation, Inc. AXA Art Insurance Corp. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company AXA Foundation The Azby Fund Barbara and Donald Tober Foundation Bialkin Family Fund Inc. BLL Foundation The Broad Art Foundation Bronx Arts Ensemble Caroline and Charles Ireland Foundation Catherine Associates, LLC Charina Foundation, Inc. The Chazen Foundation The Dana & Stephen Hansel Family Foundation Inc. Ferer Foundation The Fertel Family Foundation Hazen Polsky Foundation Heymann-Wolf Foundation The James Family Charitable Foundation Janklow Foundation

The Jim and Linda Robinson Foundation, Inc. The John R. Jakobson Foundation, Inc. John W. Deming and Bertie Murphy Deming Foundation Kent School Corporation Kraus Family Foundation Lacroix Investment Co., LLC The Leonard & Evelyn Lauder Foundation Lehman Brothers LKBOC, LLC The Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation The McCormick Company of Louisiana Metropolitan Philanthropic Fund Inc. N.O. On Stage/Le Chat Noir One Canal Place LLC Parkside Foundation Richard S. and Karen LeFrak Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Robert J. Hurst Foundation The Rosenstiel Foundation Rudin Management Co. Inc. Sherrill Foundation Sotheby’s Strategic Hotel Funding, L.L.C. Tishman Speyer Properties, LP Wildenstein & Co., Inc. The William and Mary Greve Foundation, Inc. William T. Kemper Charitable Trust

WILDENSTEIN & CO. BENEFIT AT LE BERNADIN, NEW YORK FOUNDATIONS AND CORPORATIONS AXA Foundation Forbes Foundation J and H Weldon Foundation Lazard Capital Markets LLC Royal Bank of Toronto Wildenstein & Co., Inc. INDIVIDUALS Mrs. Russell Aitken Mr. and Mrs. John D. Bertuzzi Charles Bich David Bull E. John Bullard Mr. and Mr. Joseph C. Canizaro Dr. Alan Caspi Mr. and Mrs. Henry Casselli Margaret Civetta Nicolas Coblence Dr. Richard Coburn Mrs. and Mrs. Christopher Condron Barbara Currier Victor Demorchelier P. Hayden Dunbar Viviane Ebersman Holly Ellison William Fagaly Randy Fertel Christiane Fischer Randy Florke Christopher Forbes Michele Fron Katherine Gill Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Goldberg Carmen Guberina Anne Guité Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Hays Nicole Hirsh Mrs. Charles W. Ireland

Konrad Keese Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Helen Lebrecht The Honorable Jean-David Levitte Annie Lin Teresa Longyear Gerald McKelvey Mr. and Mrs. Martin McKeon Ms. Murray Matthew Nimetz David Olszowy Mr. and Mrs. Peter O’Neill Mr. and Mrs. Roger Oresman David Owsley Beth Perez Marilyn Perry Raymond Rathle, Jr. Bryce Reveley Mrs. Françoise B. Richardson Karin Rispal Mr. and Mrs. George Rodrigue Frederic Romano Debra Runkle Mr. and Mrs. James Sheperdson David Siebel Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Rosen James Thurmond Smithgall Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford Eve Alexandra Stafford Gerald Stiebel Terry Taffer Mrs. Phyllis Taylor Paul D. Underwood Mrs. Henry Weldon Sarah Wertheimer Guy Wildenstein Kristina Wildenstein Samantha Wildenstein David Wildenstein Anthony Williams

WILDENSTEIN & CO. BENEFIT RECEPTION, NEW YORK FOUNDATIONS AND CORPORATIONS Bernheim Foundation Inc. Goldman & Co., CPA Eric Javits Family Foundation The Lauder Foundation Leonard and Evelyn Lauder Fund Schlinder, Cohen & Hockman LLP

INDIVIDUALS Mr. and Mrs. Steve Bloom Thatcher M. Brown, III Richard Coburn Mrs. Carmel Cohen Thomas and Elizbieta D’Agostino Fred Feinsilber Edward R. Finch, Jr. Aaron I. Fleischman Elizabeth Fondaras Joanne Dupont Foster James Goldschmidt Claudine Goutze Mr. and Mrs. Peter Handal Sara Kay Jacques Leviant Michael Longchampt Eleanor Lorig Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Miller Mr. and Mrs. R. King Milling Mr. and Mrs. William Scheide Dr. Traer Van Allen Charles Whited





he New Orleans Museum of Art has established a number of special funds for gifts in honor of or in memory of friends or family members or to commemorate an event. Recipients or their families will be notified of the gift and will be acknowledged in Arts Quarterly. For information on NOMA special funds, call (504) 658-4100. Donations for all funds should be mailed to the New Orleans Museum of Art, P.O. Box 19123, New Orleans, Louisiana 70179-0123. ■


WALKER MILAM’S BIRTHDAY: Mindy Milam and Clay Latimer





Greg Salter


IN MEMORY OF JEANETTE SOLOMON: Ruth E. Markley Mr. and Mrs. Tom Pickering Sharen Russon Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Markowitz Alan M. Schultz John Keefe Peter Lucarelli, Jr. Maxine Nettles Dianne B. Chesson Mrs. Milton G. Scheuermann, Jr. Ms. Nelwyn Davis Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Stargardter Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Soltis Mrs. Ben Phillips Mrs. Merlyn Weilbaecher Mrs. Martin Goldstein Kathy Alcaine Mrs. Alan Pechinski Mrs. Irwin Isaacson Mrs. Elaine L. Mintz Betty and Donald Weil Evelyn Rodos Wilma D. Stanfield Andree Lago Margaret Kessels Audrey Preston Dale S. Moon


CRYSTAL POLIS & FAMILY: Naval Historic Center

DONNA ROSEN: The Rosenstiel Foundation Greg Salter



Joy C. Boudreaux Bernard and Naffe Levy Nick and Mary De Gerolamo Bernardine Thomas Jamie and Shelby Anfenson-Comeau Mr. and Mrs. M. Joe Tiemann Kristi Lambert Michael Wink Stephen Stiegler Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Mitchell Mr. and Mrs. Tim McNally Daily World Opelousas Employees Jane Tollefson Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Fontenot

ELEANOR STENNIS: Mary M. Cunningham

DUDLEY ATKINSON: Mary. M. Cunningham

HENRY T. TEBBE: Dan A. Mayer


Norma L. Freiberg

Marilyn Dittmann



Dr. & Mrs. Richard L. Strub


HOLIDAY GIFT TO MR. AND MRS. E. JAMES KOCK, JR..: Dr. & Mrs. Richard L. Strub


IN MEMORY OF GEORGE “STAR” MAYER: Mr. and Mrs. Mac Ball Mr. and Mrs. Michael Berenson Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Kurt Overton Greg Salter Marilyn Dittmann

ALAIN ARMAND DE LA VILLESBRET: Robert & Audrey Planchet Rex & Diana Hughey Edna Mae Clement Michele W. Vignes Frances Albright Marie-Claude de la Villesbret Marvic Thompson Calvin & Carolyn Pflug Edwin & Phyllis Stacy Ann Hickham Ms. Jane Stickney Gwyn The Eunice News Mr. & Mrs. Jake Cohen Kiwanis Club of Eunice, Inc. Craig C. LeBouef Peter R. Strawitz, III Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Abramson


The Officers and Directors of Whitney National Bank

CARL ADATTO: Virginia F. Baldwin Marian M. Berkett The Brownstein Family Mrs. Marjorie Colomb Mr. and Mrs. John E. Cutler Mr. and Mrs. John D. Dupy Bertha P. Ferman J. David Forsyth Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. Freeman, Jr. Jo Lynn Gerhardt JoAnn Greenberg Mrs. S. Herbert Hirsch Yvette & Dan Jackson Dr. & Mrs. Wilbur Lazarus Mrs. Claire Moses Mrs. Walter C. Moses, Jr. Jane Phillips Ann (Nancy) Roy Slyvia & Warren Stern Joyce & Julian Sims Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Strub Janet K. Wallfisch Mr. & Mrs. Donald Weil Mrs. Joel Weinstock








JOHN SULLIVAN: Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Mayer




IN MEMORY OF ANN O’BRIEN PREBLE: Mrs. Shirley Rabe Masinter


Evelyn Rodos




Carol and John Hall



Mrs. Merryl Aron Dr. and Mrs. Richard Strub

ABNER JAFFE: Kimberly and Harry Rosenberg







Kimberly & Harry Rosenberg Kimberly & Harry Rosenberg



he future of the New Orleans Museum of Art depends to a large degree on the foresight and generosity of today’s visionaries— our members—who are willing to consider new ways to make gifts. Here are a few suggested methods of making a difference for NOMA:

GIFT OF CASH OR MARKETABLE SECURITIES Gifts may be restricted to a designated program or applied to NOMA’s general operating fund.

GIFT OF LIFE INSURANCE Name NOMA as policy owner and beneficiary and receive immediate tax deductions on your premium.

GIFT OF PROPERTY Gifts of real estate, boats, or artwork provide NOMA with marketable assets and may enable you to avoid capital gains taxes.

NAMED ENDOWMENT FUND The principal of a fund established in your name—or for someone you wish to honor or memorialize—is managed for growth, while the income from the fund supports Museum programs.

CHARITABLE REMAINDER TRUST/CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST Provide NOMA or yourself with a steady income stream and, with a remainder trust, leave a significant future gift to NOMA. Both arrangements entitle you to considerable tax savings.

BEQUESTS Name NOMA as a beneficiary in your will and make a lasting contribution to the Museum.

For more information about any of these suggested methods of giving to NOMA, call (504) 658-4115.





e are deeply grateful to the following member firms whose investment in the Museum makes it possible for NOMA to pay dividends in service to the public, to the business community, to the City of New Orleans, to the greater metropolitan area and to the State of Louisiana.

GUARANTOR The Esplanade at City Park Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre New Orleans Saints Reagan Equipment Co., Inc. Tidewater, Inc. Whitney National Bank Windsor Court Hotel

BENEFACTOR Gambit Communications, Inc.

PATRON Brian Schneider Company Columbus Properties, LLC Lemle & Kelleher The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Foundation

MASTER Dooky Chase’s Restaurant Emirau Partners Energy Partners, Ltd. IPC New Orleans 1, LLC McDermott International Inc. Oreck Corporation The Schon Charitable Foundation


LEADER J. Aron and Company, Inc. Barriere Construction Company, Inc. Boh Bros. Construction Company, Inc. Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers Dorian M. Bennett, Inc. Eskew + Dumez + Ripple The Laitram Corporation M. S. Rau Antiques, LLC Magnolia Marketing Company McIlhenny Company Milling Benson Woodward, LLP The Monteleone Hotel Murphy Exploration & Production Co. Neal Auction Company, Inc. New Orleans Auction Galleries, Inc. New Orleans Silversmiths Rathborne Companies, LLC Regions Bank The Soniat House Taylor Energy Company The Times-Picayune

E. N. Bisso and Son, Inc. Fidelity Homestead Association A Gallery For Fine Photography Hunt Forest Products, Inc. KPMG Mignon Faget, Ltd. Royal Antiques, Ltd. The Steeg Law Firm LLC Waggonner and Ball Architects 901 So. Peters St. LLC


A. L. Lowe Picture Framing Company Aquatic Gardens Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Bolton Ford Cooper/T. Smith Stevedoring Company Inc. Dreyfus-Cortney, Inc. Dupuy Storage & Forwarding Corporation Gulf Coast Bank Hirsch Investment Management, L.L.C.

James A. Mounger, A Professional Law Corporation Jon Antiques Le Richelieu Motor Hotel Sisung Securities Corporation Tujague’s Restaurant URS Corporation Waters, Parkerson and Co., Inc.


Delgado Community College Loyola University Notre Dame Seminary Nunez Community College Our Lady of Holy Cross College Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond Southern University of New Orleans St. Scholastica Academy Tulane University University of Louisiana at Lafayette University of New Orleans Xavier University

ASSOCIATE Baker CAC, Inc. Bowie Lumber Associates Dauphine Orleans Delta Petroleum Co., Inc.



When you take your place among the Corporate Members of the New Orleans Museum of Art, you are supporting the continuing excellence of the Gulf South’s finest institution for arts and arts education. NOMA is a force for economic development, contributing greatly to our city’s prominence as an international cultural center and visitor destination. The business and professional sectors have long recognized that the Museum makes our community a more desirable place for families and companies to locate.



BENEFITS TO YOUR COMPANY WHEN YOU INVEST IN THE PREEMINENT CULTURAL INSTITUTION OF OUR CITY CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP ❑ Please have NOMA’s Corporate Membership Director call. ❑ Please send me a brochure on Corporate Membersip. ❑ Our check is enclosed in the amount of $_______________. Please make check payable to: New Orleans Museum of Art. ❑ Please send an invoice in the amount of $______________. Firm Name ____________________________ Contact Person ____________________________ Phone ____________________________ Address ____________________________ City/State/Zip ____________________________ Mail to: Corporate Membership New Orleans Museum of Art P.O. Box 19123 New Orleans, LA 70179-0123


Your Corporate Membership provides world-class benefits to your employees and a positive image for your company. From unlimited family admission to NOMA, to the loan of fine art from NOMA’s permanent collection, to a Company Day for all your employees and their families, your Corporate Membership is a high profile business asset and a great business decision. The vitality and growth of the New Orleans Museum of Art is dependent, quite literally, on the companies we keep. Our Corporate Membership Program provides the opportunity for your business, whether large or small, to participate at the level most beneficial to you. We have streamlined the rate structure and improved benefits, so select your membership category today, and enjoy all the special privileges of Corporate Membership at the NOMA.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP PRIVILEGES • Free family admission at all times (immediate family, including children and grandchildren 17 years and younger). • Free subscription to Arts Quarterly • Invitations to Members’ Only Previews throughout the year • Discount of 10% in the Museum Shop • First notices of Special Events at NOMA • Opportunity to participate in Members’ Art Tours in America and abroad • Curatorial Opinion Service • Opportunity to participate in Volunteer Programs • Access to the Dreyfous Art Reference Library


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• Use of the Museum for a member’s business special event at a mutually agreeable time. • Your company’s name prominently displayed in the Museum. • The loan of four works of art from NOMA’s Permanent Collection. • A private viewing and guided tour of an exhibition for the executives of your firm. • Family Membership privileges for ten designated officials with Reciprocal Membership at 39 participating museums. • A complimentary invitation for one designated official to NOMA’s Holiday Party. • Specially scheduled Corporate Day with recognition in the Museum and free admission for all employees and their families. • A Speakers Bureau program at your place of business or at the Museum. • 125 Museum passes. • Curatorial consultation. • One framed poster and a catalogue from the Museum’s inventory.



• Limited use of a Museum space for a member’s business function at a mutually agreeable time. • Your company’s name prominently displayed in the Museum. • The loan of three works of art from NOMA’s Permanent Collection. • Family Membership privileges for eight designated officials with Reciprocal Membership at 39 participating museums. • A complimentary invitation for one designated official to NOMA’s Holiday Party. • Specially scheduled Corporate Day with recognition in the Museum and free admission for all employees and their families. • A Speakers Bureau program at your place of business or at the Museum. • 100 Museum passes. • Curatorial consultation. • One framed poster and a catalogue from the NOMA’s inventory.



• The loan of two works of art from NOMA’s Permanent Collection. • Family Membership privileges for six designated officials with Reciprocal Membership at 39 participating museums. • A complimentary invitation for one designated official to NOMA’s Holiday Party. • Specially scheduled Corporate Day with recognition in the Museum and free admission for all employees and their families. • A Speakers Bureau program at your place of business or at the Museum. • 75 Museum passes. • Curatorial consultation. • One framed poster and a catalogue from the NOMA’s inventory.



• The loan of one work of art from NOMA’s Permanent Collection. • Family Membership privileges for five designated officials with Reciprocal Membership at 39 participating museums. • A Speakers Bureau program for your employees at your place of business or at the Museum. • 50 Museum passes. • Curatorial consultation. • One framed poster and a catalogue from the NOMA’s inventory.



• Family Membership privileges for four designated officials with Reciprocal Membership at 39 participating museums. • 25 Museum passes. • Two posters from the NOMA’s inventory.



• Family Membership privileges for three designated officials with Reciprocal Membership at 39 participating museums. • 15 Museum passes. • A poster from NOMA’s inventory.



• Family membership privileges for two designated official of your firm with Reciprocal Membership at 39 participating museums. • 10 Museum passes.


NOMA EDUCATION: Children’s Art Classes Classes are limited to twenty students. Pre-registration is required.

Classic New Orleans Films Series


Come learn new techniques in art-making at NOMA’s Children’s Art Classes. NOMA will be offering a winter session of art classes for children taught by professional art teachers. The art classes introduce children to the Museum’s collections and special exhibitions. NOMA’s art classes provide students with an exciting atmosphere where children can express their creativity using a variety of art materials. Our art teachers stress the importance of the creative process over the final product. We believe that in art there are no wrong answers. All classes begin with a brief tour through NOMA’s collections to view a series of artworks related to each art project. NOMA is offering two sessions of art classes. Session I consists of five classes held on Saturdays, January 13, 20, 27, February 3 and 10. The cost of Session I is $65 for members of the Museum and $80 for nonmembers. Session II consists of three classes held on Saturdays, March 10, 17, and 24. The cost of Session II is $40 for members of the Museum and $50 for nonmembers. Please pay in advance, pre-registration is required. Classes are limited to twenty students, and all materials are included in the fee. Students should bring an old shirt or smock to wear as classes can get messy. For more information, please contact the curator of education at, New Orleans Museum of Art, PO Box 19123, New Orleans, LA 70179-0123, or call 504-658-4113.

Enjoy a visit to NOMA and revisit classic Hollywood movies. This oncea-month series features classic movies that are set in or about New Orleans. The films take place in NOMA’s Stern Auditorium and begin at noon. For more Classic New Orleans Films information, please contact the curator of education, Kathy Alcaine, at or by phone 504-658-4113. NOMA’s Classic New Orleans Film Series will take a hiatus during the exhibition, Femme, femme, femme. We will resume the Film Series in June 2007.

Session I

Session II

Saturdays, January 13, 20, 27, February 3 & 10 10 a.m. – Noon, ages 5 – 7 On the Front Line

Saturdays, March 10, 17 & 24, 10 a.m. – Noon, ages 5 – 7 Paint the Figure

In this class students will learn the basics of drawing as the fundamentals of art. The class will stress the development of basic skills including the importance of line and shading as well as encouraging personal expression. Students will work with charcoal, graphite, and colored pencils. The students then will learn the basics of printmaking as an expression of the drawing lessons.

Saturdays, January 13, 20, 27, February 3 & 10 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., ages 8 – 12 Looking at the Line: TwoDimensional and ThreeDimensional Line In this class students will discover that line and drawing are at the root of the visual arts. Line, form, color and texture will be explored through the expression of drawing. The class will stress the basic skills of drawing and will apply those lessons to developing advanced concepts. Two-dimensional design principles, basic composition and the creation of space will be taught as students incorporate printmaking into creating the illusion of threedimensional art.

In this class students will explore color, texture, and form to create paintings based on the human figure. In NOMA’s exhibition Femme, femme, femme, students will view examples of different art techniques as well as a variety of images of the human body. The young artists will use a variety of painting techniques from watercolor, acrylic and printmaking. Students will learn aspects of mixing colors and creating textures as they sculpt portraits out of paint.

Saturdays, March 10, 17 & 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., ages 8 – 12 Paint, Painters and Paintings In NOMA’s exhibition Femme, femme, femme, one is able to see the numerous ways in which artists use paint to create the world around them. The exhibition focuses on French artists from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries as they portrayed women in a variety of roles and activities. Students will learn the French masters’ different styles such as realism, naturalism, and impressionism, and they will recreate them using acrylic, watercolor and printmaking. ■

Saturday, January 27, Noon Easy Rider (1969, 94 min.)

Saturday, February 24, Noon A Streetcar Named Desire

An anti-establishment and road movie classic, the story is of two drifters, Wyatt and Billy (Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper), who are in search for freedom in America. After completing a large cash making deal, they ride “choppers” through America on their way to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Wyatt and Billy meet up with several characters including George Hanson (Jack Nicholson). Easy Rider was directed by Hopper and produced by Fonda. This movie contains many adult situations.

(1951, 125 min.) Set in the French Quarter, this classic Tennessee Williams story focuses on Blanche DuBos (Vivian Leigh), who is visiting her pregnant sister Stella (Kim Hunter). Blanche, who as she says is suffering from nervous exhaustion, clashes with her brutish and mistrusting brother-in-law, Stanley (Marlon Brando). The film was directed by Elia Kazan and won four Academy Awards in 1951. ■


PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES Family Workshops Pre-registration is required for NOMA’s Family Workshops. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

NOMA offers Sunday afternoon art workshops designed as a collaborative venture in which children and their adult companion create an art project together. Children should be between five and twelve years old and must be accompanied by an adult. After a tour of NOMA’s collection to view artworks related to the workshop, participants will create their own project. The cost of the workshop is $10 per family for Museum members and $15 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required. All art supplies are provided by NOMA. For information contact or 504-658-4113.

Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m. Winter Lights

learn basic drawing skills. The class will begin inside the main building to look at grand works of art in NOMA’s permanent collection. The participants then will work en plein air (French for “in the open air”) in the beautiful setting of NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden to create dazzling drawings in nature.

Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. The “Eyes” of March Portraits can tell us a great deal about the sitter. Not only does the artist give us clues to the sitter’s life, we can look at the face and eyes and look at the sitter’s personality. After looking at several portraits in NOMA’s Femme, femme, femme exhibition, participants

can immortalize a family member in paint. Particular attention will be paid to facial features and the expressive eyes.

Sunday, March 25, 2 p.m. Paint, Paint, Paint The Femme, femme, femme exhibition features images of women painted by French artists in the nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. During this time, artists were painting in a variety of ways from the traditional salon style to the innovative methods of the Impressionists. This workshop will focus on the variety of painting techniques as participants develop creating images of people in landscapes. ■

Everyone appreciates the beautiful lighting produced by the winter sky. In NOMA’s family workshop, participants will learn how to produce lighting effects with pastels. Learn how the passing of time and the changing seasons create a constantly evolving pattern of light. Impress the family with Impressionist-style pastel works on paper.

Sunday, February 4, 2 p.m. Design Outdoors This back-to-basics drawing workshop takes advantage of the great outdoors. Drawing from observation helps to develop an artist’s eye and hand. Shading, perspective, contour and form will be taught as participants

Lectures Due to limited seating in NOMA’s Stern Auditorium, tickets for all lectures will be handed out at the front desk one hour before the presentation.


NOMA’s lectures are intended to complement our permanent and traveling exhibitions. This event will take place in the Museum’s Stern Auditorium. This lecture is free with Museum admission.

Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France by Victoria Cooke, Curator of European Painting, NOMA

The exhibition Femme, femme, femme is the inspiration for the family workshop “Paint, Paint, Paint.”

In this rare exhibition, Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France celebrates the changing roles of women as seen through the eyes of numerous French artists from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Illustrated in these paintings are aspects from the lives of women from motherhood and raising children, to women at work, to women enjoying leisure time. Victoria Cooke, NOMA’s curator of European painting, will present an overview slide lecture of the exhibition, giving insight to the roles of women in society and the artists who painted them. ■

The lecture Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France will be presented Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m.


PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES Musical Performances

Sunday, January 21, 2 p.m. Piano Performance by Robert Jonathan Siegel Robert Jonathan Siegel will present a piano performance in NOMA’s Great Hall. Siegel will perform works of Chopin, Schumann, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin. The performance also will include a few blues, jazz and show tune standards. As a gift to the Museum and the city, Siegel is donating his time for the performance.

Sunday, March 18 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra The New Leviathan Oriental FoxTrot Orchestra is an eighteen-piece orchestra dedicated to the preservation and performance of the popular music of proto-Jazz and ragtime music. The world renowned Orchestra will be playing favorites from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries to compliment NOMA’s exhibition Femme, femme, femme. The performance is free with Museum admission. ■

Storytelling in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden

The New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra will perform at NOMA on Sunday, March 18, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturdays, March 10 & 17 Noon Hear ye hear ye, come one, come all...we are going to have a ball. Come to the Besthoff Sculpture Garden for a wonderful storytelling hour. The beautiful, lush Sculpture Garden will combine with the world of fables and fantasy. Children between the ages of four and ten will gather to listen to tales presented by talented storytellers in the Oak Grove of the Sculpture Garden. This event is free and open to all visitors. ■

NOMA will present “Storytelling in the Sculpture Garden” on Saturday, March 10 and 17, at noon.




nnual operating support for NOMA’s exhibitions, the “Van Go,” free admission for Louisiana residents, family workshops, films, lectures, art classes and numerous other special programs enjoyed by visitors from throughout the city, the state, the country, and, indeed, the world, are made possible through the generosity of our many sponsors. The New Orleans Museum of Art and its thousands of visitors 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, (504) 658-4115. ■

BECOME A NOMA SPONSOR $100,000 + FREEPORT-MCMORAN FOUNDATION: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Title Sponsor THE HELIS FOUNDATION: Free Admission for Louisiana Residents LAKESIDE SHOPPING CENTER AND THE FEIL ORGANIZATON: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support LOUIS ARMSTRONG NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support

LOUISIANA DIVISION OF THE ARTS: General Operating Support NOMA Grand Reopening THE LUPIN FOUNDATION: General Operating Support LOVE in the Garden 2006 Odyssey Ball 2006 SHERATON NEW ORLEANS HOTEL: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art Exhibition Support THAW CHARITABLE TRUST: Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art Catalogue and Exhibition Support

$34,999 - $20,000 THE ELIZABETH F. CHENEY FOUNDATION: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support LLOYD A. FRY FOUNDATION: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support


LOUISIANA ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES: Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art Catalogue and Exhibition Support

WDSU NEWSCHANNEL 6: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support

THE ROSAMARY FOUNDATION: Family Workshops Handbook of School Programs

ZEMURRAY FOUNDATION: General Operating Support


DOWNMAN FAMILY FOUNDATION: NOMA Exhibitions GOLDRING FAMILY FOUNDATION: Odyssey Ball 2006 THE GPOA FOUNDATION: Educational Pre-Visit Video of African Art Collection GREATER LAKESIDE CORPORATION: Odyssey Ball 2006 HOUSE OF BLUES FOUNDATION ROOM: Odyssey Ball 2006 MRS. CHARLES W. IRELAND: Odyssey Ball 2006 GLORIA KABACOFF: Odyssey Ball 2006 THE MCILHENNY COMPANY AND THE GUSTAF WESTFELDT MCILHENNY FAMILY FOUNDATION: Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art Catalogue and Exhibition Support MARDI GRAS PRODUCTIONS BY BLAINE KERN, JR.: Odyssey Ball 2006 M. G. AND P. L. MAHER FOUNDATION: Odyssey Ball 2006 RENAISSANCE PUBLISHING: Odyssey Ball 2006 SHELL OIL COMPANY FOUNDATION: Van Go, NOMA’s Museum-on-Wheels ROBERT AND JOLIE SHELTON: Odyssey Ball 2006

$9,999 - $5,000 BELLSOUTH: Odyssey Ball 2006 SYDNEY AND WALDA BESTHOFF: Odyssey Ball 2006

$99,999 – $50,000 THE BOOTH-BRICKER FUND: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support CAPITAL ONE: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France NOMA Members Day Sponsor

$19,999 - $10,000 THE AZBY FUND: Security Equipment BLAINE KERN, JR.: Odyssey Ball 2006 BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.: French Heritage Society’s Katrina Heritage Rescue Fund, West Palm Beach

CHEVRON: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support Handbook of School Programs Teacher’s Packets

DR. AND MRS. JOHN D. BERTUZZI: Odyssey Ball 2006

BLANCHARD AND COMPANY, INC.: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support

THE CUDD FOUNDATION: Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art Catalogue and Exhibition Support



EUSTIS INSURANCE & BENEFITS: Odyssey Ball 2006 FRISCHHERTZ ELECTRIC COMPANY: Odyssey Ball 2006 MR. AND MRS. LAWRENCE D. GARVEY: Odyssey Ball 2006 DEBRA AND ROBERT PATRICK: Odyssey Ball 2006 RUBY K. WORNER CHARITABLE TRUST: Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France Exhibition Support THE TUNICA-BILOXI TRIBE OF LOUISIANA AND PARAGON CASINO RESORT: Blue Winds Dancing: The Whitecloud Collection of Native American Art Catalogue and Exhibition Support


MUSEUM NEWS MUSEUM NEWS MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS ARE ELECTED TO NOMA BOARD FOR 2007 New officers of the board of trustees for 2007 will be Sydney J. Besthoff III, president; Mrs. Edward George, vice-president; Dr. E. Ralph Lupin, vice-president; Mrs. Mason Granger, treasurer; Mrs. Françoise Billion Richardson, assistant treasurer; and David F. Edwards, secretary. The following individuals were elected as new members to begin in January 2007: William Aaron, Mrs. John Bertuzzi, Leonard Davis, Mrs. Paula L. Maher, Mrs. Charles B. Mayer, Kay McArdle, Mrs. R. King Milling. Mrs. Henry H. Weldon was elected as a national trustee, and Mrs. Moise S. Steeg, Jr. was named a honorary life trustee. MEETING SCHEDULE The board of trustees of the New Orleans Museum of Art will meet on Wednesday, January 17, February 14 and March 21, at 4 p.m.

NVC NVC NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS The NVC has had a very busy fall. On October 25, we had our first Studio Salon since Katrina. We viewed the four galleries composing the fabulous French art network “Galerie D’Art Francais.” Approximately twenty-five NVC members attended this event. We would like to thank Sally Richards for organizing this wonderful event and for providing the delicious refreshments. The Flower Fund Chairs, Margaret Kessels, Carol Hall and Jerrye St. Martin organized an appreciation coffee for the flower teams. The coffee was held in the Great Hall on October 30 and fiftyfive people attended. Paul Norman was the speaker and demonstrated flower arranging of the urns in the Great Hall. Many thanks to Paul for the wonderful presentation. The flower teams are responsible for arranging the gorgeous flowers in the Great Hall urns. Many thanks to these people who give their time and creativity to this project. A special thanks to Pam


Hayne and Carlos Toc, who did double duty by arranging the beautiful flowers for the opening of ¡Carnaval! and graciously agreed to arrange flowers the following week. Any NOMA member interested in participating on a flower team, please contact the NVC office at (504) 658-4121. The flowers for this project are paid for by the NVC Flower Fund, so your donations to the fund are appreciated. The NVC is in the process of sending out renewal notices. We have approximately six hundred members. Please renew; we are planning an exciting 2007. The first 2007 general meeting of the NVC is scheduled Monday February 12, at 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be NOMA curator Victoria Cooke. She will be discussing the fabulous exhibition Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France. We always welcome new members, so bring a friend. The 2007 officers for the NVC are as follows: chair, Kay McArdle; chair elect, Brenda Vorhoff; immediate past chair, Sanda Groome; corresponding secretary, Diane Walmsley; Odyssey Ball chairs, Sandra and Louis A. Wilson; parliamentarian, Virginia Panno; recording secretary, Ellen Miclette; treasurer, Cammie Mayer; at large members, Julie Silvers, Jean Taylor; vice chair of activities, Marjorie Colomb; vice chair of fund raising, Margaret Kessels; vice chair of membership, Ann Duffy Finally, I would like to thank the 2006 NVC chair, Sanda Groome, for being our leader in a challenging environment.

STAFF STAFF MEMBERS HONORED BY FRENCH GOVERNMENT In September the French Ministry of Culture presented medals of the Order of the Arts and Letters to Jacqueline Sullivan, NOMA’s deputy director, and William Fagaly, NOMA’s curator of African art, in a ceremony held at the French Consulate. ■

SENIOR STAFF E. John Bullard, The Montine McDaniel Freeman Director Jacqueline L. Sullivan, Deputy Director Kurt Overton, Assistant Director for Development Kathy Alcaine, Curator of Education Gail Asprodites, Controller Aisha Champagne, Graphics Coordinator/Webmaster Victoria Cooke, Curator of European Painting Sheila Cork, Librarian/Grants Officer Marilyn Dittmann, Assistant to the Director for Special Exhibitions William A. Fagaly, The Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art Brandi Hand, Public Relations Officer Jimmy Jeffrey, Sculpture Garden Manager Jennifer Ickes, Assistant Registrar John W. Keefe, The RosaMary Foundation Curator of The Decorative Arts Heather Nelson, Development Associate Karl Oelkers, Computer Coordinator Wanda O’Shello, Publications Coordinator/Arts Quarterly Editor George Roland, Curator of Prints and Drawings Lisa E. Rotondo-McCord, Curator of Asian Art Paul Tarver, Registrar/Curator of Native American and Pre-Columbian Art Patricia Trautman, Museum Shop Manager Milton Vinnett, Building Superintendent/Chief Engineer NOMA BOARD OF TRUSTEES Sydney J. Besthoff III, President Mrs. Edward George, Vice-President E. Ralph Lupin, M.D., Vice-President Charles A. Snyder, Vice-President Mrs. Mason Granger, Treasurer Mrs. Françoise Billion Richardson, Assistant Treasurer David F. Edwards, Secretary William Aaron Mrs. John Bertuzzi J. Herbert Boydstun Mrs. Kenneth Broadwell Edgar B. Chase III Isidore Cohn, Jr., M.D. Leonard Davis S. Stewart Farnet Tina Freeman Mrs. James Frischhertz Lawrence D. Garvey Edward F. Harold Dr. Stella Jones Herbert Kaufman, M.D. Paul J. Leaman, Jr. Mrs. Paula L. Maher Edward C. Mathes Mrs. Charles B. Mayer Kay McArdle Councilmember Shelly Midura Mrs. R. King Milling Mayor C. Ray Nagin Dan Packer Mrs. Robert J. Patrick R. Hunter Pierson Thomas Reese, Ph.D. Michael J. Siegel Mrs. Richard L. Strub Mrs. James Lyle Taylor Mrs. Patrick F. Taylor Louis A. Wilson, Jr. HONORARY LIFE TRUSTEES Russell Albright, M.D. Mrs. Jack R. Aron Mrs. Edgar B. Chase, Jr. Prescott N. Dunbar Mrs. Richard W. Freeman, Jr. Kurt A. Gitter, M.D. Mrs. H. Lloyd Hawkins Mrs. Killian L. Huger Richard W. Levy, M.D. Mrs. J. Frederick Muller, Jr. Mrs. Charles S. Reily Mrs. Françoise Billion Richardson R. Randolph Richmond, Jr. Mrs. Frederick M. Stafford Harry C. Stahel Mr. and Mrs. Moise S. Steeg, Jr. Mrs. Harold H. Stream Mrs. John N. Weinstock

NATIONAL TRUSTEES Mrs. Carmel Cohen Aaron I. Fleischman Mrs. Caroline W. Ireland George L. Lindemann Mrs. James Pierce Mrs. Benjamin Rosen Mrs. Robert Shelton Mrs. Billie Milam Weisman Mrs. Henry H. Weldon


NOMA Calendar of Events JANUARY 17 21

WEDNESDAY, 4 p.m., NOMA Board of Trustees Meeting SUNDAY, 2 p.m., Piano Performance by Robert Jonathan Siegel


SATURDAY, Noon, Classic New Orleans Film, Easy Rider (1969, 94 min.)


SUNDAY, 2 p.m., Family Workshop, “Winter Lights”



SUNDAY, 2 p.m., Family Workshop, “Design Outdoors”


WEDNESDAY, 4 p.m., NOMA Board of Trustees Meeting


SATURDAY, Noon, Classic New Orleans Film, A Streetcar Named Desire (1951, 125 min.)


SATURDAY, Noon to 8 p.m., NOMA Members’ Preview— Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France


SUNDAY, Opening Day— Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France and Lalique, Lalique, Lalique: Legends in Glass

From Our Native Clay: Selections of American Art Pottery from the Permanent Collection Ongoing

2 p.m., Family Workshop, “The “Eyes of March”

!CARNAVAL! Through January 21, 2007 Echoes of the Ancient World: Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Art from the Permanent Collection Through February 4, 2007 The Arts and Club of New Orleans: An Artistic Legancy Through May 31, 2007 Articles of Beauty: Edo-period Paintings, Prints, Textiles and Decorative Objects January 19 – May 20, 2007 Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France March 4 – June 2, 2007

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SATURDAY, Noon, Storytelling in the Besthoff Sculpture


SATURDAY, Noon, Storytelling in the Besthoff Sculpture”


SUNDAY, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Performance by the New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra


WEDNESDAY, 4 p.m., NOMA Board of Trustees Meeting


SUNDAY, 2 p.m., Family Workshop, “Paint, Paint, Paint”


WEDNESDAY, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Art In Bloom Preview Party


THURSDAY, Art In Bloom Morning Lecture by Rene Hofstede (at NOMA)

SUNDAY, 2 p.m., Lecture, “Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso from the Museums of France”

Art In Bloom Luncheon (at City Park’s Pavilion of Two Sisters) Art In Bloom Afternoon Lecture by Haskell Eargle (at NOMA)

Lalique, Lalique, Lalique: Legends in Glass March 4 – July 29, 2007

For further information on upcoming exhibitions and events at the New Orleans Museum of Art, call (504) 658-4100, or visit our website at



FRIDAY, Art In Bloom Open to the Public


SATURDAY, Art In Bloom Open to the Public


SUNDAY (APRIL), Art In Bloom Open to the Public Fabergé Easter Egg Hunt in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden


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