Classes with Curators Series launches with in-depth history of photography

Gioacchino Altobelli, (Italian, ca. 1820–ca. 1879), View of the Arch of Constantine from the Colosseum, ca. 1865, Albumen silver print, Sheet: 11 3/8 x 16 in. (28.9 x 40.6 cm); mount: 16 x 20 13/16 in. (40.6 x 52.9 cm), Museum purchase, 1981 Morton’s Deaccessioned Auction Funds, 82.45

Interested in taking a closer look at NOMA’s collections? Want to take a deep dive into our special exhibitions? Join NOMA curators as they explore a variety of topics and take you behind the scenes in our new Classes with Curators series. Designed for small groups of no more than twenty students, classes are organized into three parts and are taught by one or more members of our professional staff.

This new program will launch on Tuesdays in March from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. with “Looking Again: Histories of Photography,” led by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, Prints, and Drawings. Each of the three class sessions will focus on a moment in the history of photography that is well represented in NOMA’s collections.

Registration is required. The cost for the entire three-class series is $100 for members; $125 for nonmembers. Please contact or 504.658.4140 for more information and to reserve your spot. Additional Classes with Curators will be offered throughout 2018.

This session explores the origins of photography, the various media invented in the nineteenth century, and how photography quickly made its way around the world.

This session looks at the various figures that argued for photography as an art form from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

The final session examines one of the richest areas of NOMA’s permanent collection: Modernist photographs made between the two world wars.

About Russell Lord

Russell Lord has served as the Freeman Family Curator of Photography, Prints, and Drawing at the New Orleans Museum of Art since 2011. He  began his career as Curatorial Assistant in the Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Department at the Yale University Art Gallery. During his course work at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, Lord also served as Gallery Director at New York’s Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs. He also recreated Alfred Stieglitz’s Little Galleries of the Photo Secession from 1905 for Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs at the 2009 Winter Antiques Show in New York.