Managing Partner, Robert M. Steeg, recently became the President of the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). He is also serving as a Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee and is a former Chair of the Acquisitions Committee. As President of NOMA, Rob spoke on April 27, 2021, at the dedication ceremony for the newly renovated Lapis Center for the Arts, a cultural space at NOMA.
About the New Orleans Museum of Art
Founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution opened on December 16, 1911 with only nine works of art. Today, the museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south. The adjoining Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by more than 90 sculptures, including works from several 20th and 21st-century master sculptors.
New Exhibitions at NOMA
Two new exhibitions have recently opened at NOMA. “Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art” spotlights contemporary art recently purchased or gifted to the museum, focusing on works by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and female-identifying artists. It runs through June 26th, 2022. “Atomic Number Thirteen: Aluminum in 20th-Century Design” is drawn from NOMA’s permanent collection and explores the changing role of aluminum in twentieth-century design. When chemists first successfully extracted aluminum from the earth in the mid-19th century, the raw element was as precious as gold. Today we take this ubiquitous material for granted, though aluminum allows for nearly every facet of modern life through its use in architecture, industry, and flight.
Visit NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing special exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. Wheelchairs are available from the front desk. Museum admission is free on Wednesdays for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. Children 12 and under receive free admission. Teenagers (ages 13-19) receive free admission courtesy of The Helis Foundation.