Russell Lord has been appointed as the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Lord, a historian, curator, and educator who recently completed a Jane and Morgan Whitney fellowship in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will assume his new position on October 17, 2011.
NOMA's extensive collection of over 8,500 works represents a sampling of some of the rarest examples and greatest achievements in photography from the 1840s to the present. Among the many artists represented are Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Ilse Bing, William Eggleston and Edward Steichen.
Lord 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.
While completing his two-year fellowship, from 2009 through 2011, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lord continued work on his doctoral dissertation, "Hybridity and Reproduction in Early Photography." His dissertation establishes a broader history of photography that considers the role of viewing experience, public reception and photography's relationship to other pictorial forms.