- Thanks Gary Also, from the Associated Press yesterday: At the New Orleans Museum of Art, which has one of the country s largest glass collections, a 45-footMessage 1 of 2 , Sep 9, 2005View Source
Also, from the Associated Press yesterday:
At the New Orleans Museum of Art, which has one of the country's largest glass collections, a 45-foot metal sculpture, "Virlane Tower," by Kenneth Snelson and valued at $500,000, was "reduced to a twisted mess in the lagoon," AAM reported.
Snelson said Wednesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that another of his works, an eight-foot tower at the World Trade Center, was destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. "I can't wait to see what happens next time because I'm running out of towers," he said.
Other outdoor sculptures at NOMA were moved indoors before the storm hit by museum employees who then stayed to protect the art collection, despite being urged to leave by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Able said one report he received described the museum as surrounded by water, "looking like a castle on a hill with a moat around it."
From the American Association of Museums website:
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA (as of 9-6). The Times-Picayune reported on 8-31 that the New Orleans Museum of Art survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath without significant damage. Six NOMA security & maintenance employees had remained on duty during the hurricane. FEMA wanted them to move to a safer location, but there was no way to secure the artwork inside so the staff continues to stay on site. Museum workers had taken down some pieces in the sculpture garden before the storm, but a towering modernist sculpture by Kenneth Snelson was reduced to a twisted mess in the lagoon. On 9-6 AAMD staff reported on a phone call with John Bullard, director. The museum has decided to bring in a larger generator for climate control instead of moving the collection. There has been no structural damage to the building, and he happily reported no water in the basement. The sculpture park has many uprooted trees, but only one sculpture was damaged.
More can be found on the American Association of Museums website:
bunumbu <GARYGLS2000@...> wrote:
From today's New York Times:
"Museum directors were still struggling to gain a clear picture of the
extent of losses, but some collections seem to have been spared,
including the core holdings of the New Orleans Museum of Art, one of
the most important in the Deep South...the museum, which has about
40,000 objects in its collection, has a prominent group of Miro
paintings, 16,000 pieces of glass, and major photography holdings. It
also has an important African collection, and about 100 of the best
pieces from it are on tour right now."
"The Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University...appeared to be safe."
Presumably the Fr. Joseph Cornet arhive at Tulane also survived.