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New Orleans Museum of Art: Post-Katrina Presented by Michele Amicucci New Orleans Museum of Art Established in 1911 Original mission statement from 1911: “A temple of art for rich and poor alike” Collection is housed in a Beaux Arts neoclassical building

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New Orleans Museum of Art:Post-Katrina

Presented by

Michele Amicucci


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New Orleans Museum of Art

  • Established in 1911

  • Original mission statement from 1911: “A temple of art for rich and poor alike”

  • Collection is housed in a Beaux Arts neoclassical building

  • Museum also has a 5 acre sculpture garden


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NOMA’s Collection

  • Includes works by artists such as O’Keefe, Pollock, Renoir, Picasso, and Indiana



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The Damage museum to protect the artwork

  • Minor flooding on the art storage floor

  • Sculpture garden suffered much more damage than the museum building itself

  • Total of 6 million dollars in damages


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Importance of a Risk Management Team museum to protect the artwork

  • Develop formal approach to the unexpected

  • Vital to train the staff to be more efficient

  • Risk management team should meet with the Board to keep all procedures and policies up-to-date

  • Risk management should meet with security and building maintenance


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Preparing for a Disaster museum to protect the artwork

  • Keep important records or artwork off the ground and away from windows and roofs

  • Telephone tree (electrical, water, gas, other employees)

  • Secure the building (boarding or taping up the windows)


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Planning: Collections Managers/Registrars museum to protect the artwork

  • Keep up-to-date inventories of the collection and locations

  • Available records and backup off site

  • Make sure to always have objects and artwork properly stored


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Steps Taken by NOMA museum to protect the artwork

  • Before the storm, staff boarded and taped up windows

  • Took paintings off the wall that were near windows

  • Stored work in the basement in wooden crates

  • Brought in some outdoor sculpture and tied some to trees


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After the Storm… museum to protect the artwork

  • NOMA decided to waive admission free to Louisiana residents

  • March 3rd- NOMA reopened for Friday-Sunday

  • Now opened Wednesday- Sunday


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Support in the Community NOMA

  • Mellon Foundation: $500,000

  • Getty Trust: gave one million to art and history museums in New Orleans

  • Government of France: organized exhibition, “Femmes, Femmes, Femmes: Paintings of Women in the 19th Century French Society…” for NOMA


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Provided an outlet for the artists of New Orleans to show the ravaged town around them

Served as an outreach to those outside the area for support and donations

“Katrina Exposed”


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THANK YOU! the ravaged town around them


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