NOMA welcomes Laura Ochoa Rincon, Curator of the Decorative Arts Trust


NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) welcomes Laura Ochoa Rincon as a curator of the Decorative Arts Trust. Starting this month, the two-year position is funded by a major grant from the Decorative Arts Trust to support an emerging curator working with NOMA’s esteemed decorative arts and growing design collection, focusing specifically on the glass field.

“Defending emerging voices within our curatorial team is an important part of our mission, and we are grateful to the Decorative Arts Trust for supporting this work,” said Susan M. Taylor, Montine McDaniel Freeman Director of NOMA. “Laura brings her work experience at various important institutions, and we are excited to see how her career will continue to develop during her internship at NOMA.”

Ochoa Rincon comes to NOMA after extensive internship experiences at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the White House Historical Association, and the New York Historical Society. Her research interests focus on the intersection of dietary habits, race, class, and immigration – and the relationship between material culture and life in the Americas. Ochoa Rincon holds an M.A. from the renowned Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware and a BA from New York University.

“I am thrilled to join the fantastic team at NOMA and develop innovative ways to tell stories that might otherwise be forgotten or go unnoticed in the museum realm,” said Ochoa Rincon. “With a focus on interpretation and community engagement, this fellowship offers a unique opportunity to reflect closely on how objects can expand our understanding of history.”

Under the direction and in collaboration with Mel Buchanan, RosaMary Curator for Decorative Arts and Design at NOMA, Ochoa Rincon will contribute to the development of an exhibition and collection catalog for NOMA’s global glass collections. She will also work to expand the museum’s permanent collection, develop interpretive research, engage the community, develop museum exhibits, and create digital interpretations of the collection through the ongoing partnership of NOMA with Google Arts & Culture.

“NOMA’s world-renowned glass collection is an important part of our decorative arts collections,” Buchanan said. “I am thrilled to welcome Laura’s new perspective on these works through a large, collaboratively curated exhibition and exciting educational programs.”


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