Curatorial Staff

Lucia Abramovich, Curatorial Fellow for Spanish Colonial Art

Lucia Abramovich earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the College of William & Mary, and received her M.A. in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia. Lucia is currently a PhD candidate in the joint Latin American Studies & Art History Ph.D. program at Tulane University. Lucia’s work experience prior to joining NOMA includes Tulane University, the National Museum of the American Indian, and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection. Lucia is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, but grew up in the Washington, D.C., area.

Mel Buchanan, RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts and Design

Mel Buchanan joined NOMA’s team in November 2013. Before moving to the south, Mel worked with decorative arts at The RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, and then as Assistant Curator of 20th-Century Design at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In Milwaukee, Mel organized the first American retrospective exhibition on Bauhaus ceramicist Grete Marks in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation. Mel holds a degree in American Studies from Yale University and a Masters degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.

Bill Fagaly, Francoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art

Miranda Lash, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Miranda Lash is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), where she also oversees the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Lash is NOMA’s first curator of modern and contemporary art and the founder of the museum’s modern and contemporary art department, where she has organized numerous exhibitions, including most recently Mel Chin: Rematch, a forty-year retrospective of work (catalog published by Hatje Cantz); Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys; Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms, and Wayne Gonzales: Light to Dark, Dark to Light. Her essays have been published in the Harvard journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, the anthology Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art, New American Painting, and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. A native of Los Angeles, Lash received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her master’s degree in art history from Williams College.

Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs

Russell Lord previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, and has written widely on the history of photography. His recent publications include: Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, and Edward Burtynsky: Water. Lord’s exhibitions at NOMA include: Photography at NOMA; Photography, Sequence, and Time; Reinventing Nature: Art from the School of Fontainebleau; and What is a Photograph? Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media.

Lisa Rotondo-McCord, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs