It will be a somber moment in the New Orleans art community as word spreads that Miranda Lash — the New Orleans Museum of Art’s energetic, locally engaged curator of contemporary art — is leaving. Lash is taking a job with the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, for professional and personal reasons.
Lash, who was born in Los Angeles, came to NOMA in 2008 as New Orleans slogged toward recovery. It wasn’t long before she began breaking down the boundaries between the artistic sanctity of the old museum and the funky pop culture of New Orleans.
In 2009, she orchestrated an exhibit by conceptual art maestro Skylar Fein that celebrated punk rock and graffiti. In 2010, she invited the underground dance duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat to exhibit their odd puppets and musical instruments, and to produce a new recording in the museum. In 2011, she invited nationally known