New Orleans Museum of Art Names Gallery in Honor of Joshua Mann Pailet and his mother, Charlotte, Establishing an Endowment for Photography Initiatives
New Orleans, LA- New Orleans Museum of Art is pleased to announce the naming of the A. Charlotte Mann and Joshua Mann Pailet Gallery. This gallery is named in honor of Joshua Mann Pailet and his mother Charlotte Mann in recognition of their continued support of the arts and NOMA. Included with Pailet’s generous gift, is an endowment to support photography initiatives at NOMA.
"NOMA has been a grateful recipient of Joshua's generosity for years," Director Susan M. Taylor said. "His latest gift will have a tremendous impact on the museum, and by naming this photography space after him and his mother, we will honor their legacy for years to come. This support of NOMA's program ensures the ongoing support for its photography and education initiatives."
The A. Charlotte Mann and Joshua Mann Pailet Gallery will be used to present works on paper, primarily photography, that relate to the paintings and sculptures in the adjacent galleries on the second floor, and will also host children's programming at least once a year in the space.
"I am pleased to establish the A. Charlotte Mann and Joshua Mann Pailet Gallery and Endowment for Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art," said Joshua Mann Pailet. "New Orleans means the world to us, since it was Charlotte Mann Pailet's gateway to freedom and a fresh start since moving to the U.S. in 1945. We wish this gallery to be a seed and another fresh start for the recognition and education of the best in the world of photography and art."
Recent gifts from Joshua Mann Pailet to New Orleans Museum of Art include a set of jazz photographs by Herman Leonard in honor of NOMA 100, the museum's 100th birthday celebration, as well as photographs from Tony Ray-Jones, Brett Weston and Edward Curtis.
About Joshua Mann Pailet
Joshua Mann Pailet was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge. After graduating from Rice University in 1972 and 1973 with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Accounting, he founded A Gallery for Fine Photography to create a venue to collect, display and sell 19th and 20th century photographs on Chartres Street in the French Quarter.
About Charlotte Mann Pailet
Charlotte Mann was born in 1924 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Josef and Alma Mann and sister to Jiri. During World War II, she was the only one in her family to survive the Holocaust and eventually became a pediatric nurse in London. In 1945, she married Gustave Pailet, an American Army Lieutenant from New Orleans. In 1952, the family moved to Baton Rouge where Charlotte devoted her life to her children, Andrea, Joshua, and Richard.
Charlotte Mann Pailet loved photographing her new family and friends and building new memories while establishing her new life in the freedom of the U.S. She had a Kodak Brownie camera to record all of these moments. Because only a few photographs of her family life in Czechoslovakia exist, photography was her link to the future.
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