Curator of Contemporary Art
Miranda Lash is the new curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum. Lash was previously the curator of modern and contemporary art the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). She joined NOMA in 2008 as the museum’s first curator dedicated exclusively to modern and contemporary art, and the founder of NOMA’s modern and contemporary art department. At NOMA Lash also managed NOMA’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden—one of the most important sculpture installations in the United States. During her tenure at NOMA, she curated over twenty exhibitions, including the large-scale traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch and the site-specific installations and exhibitions Rashaad Newsome: King of Arms; Katie Holten: Drawn to the Edge, and Swoon: Thalassa. Lash also presented several artists’ first solo museum exhibitions in the United States including the Venice Biennale Silver Lion awardee Camille Henrot in Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys and the British artist Marcus Coates in Marcus Coates: Animal Instincts. The exhibition Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat, which Lash organized in 2010, included the artist Quintron composing and recording an entire music album in a museum gallery. Titled Sucre du Sauvage, the album was inspired by NOMA’s collection and was released by Goner Records.
Lash’s publications include her work as the editor and contributing essayist to the exhibition catalog Mel Chin: Rematch, and the editor and contributing author to The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a comprehensive overview of the Garden’s history and artworks. Her essays have been published in the Harvard journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, the anthology Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art, New American Painting, and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Lash has been named a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a participating curator in the Japan Foundation U.S. Curatorial Exchange Program, a past consultant for Creative Capital, and one of the co-founders of the arts criticism website Pelican Bomb. Prior to her appointment at NOMA Lash was curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection in Houston. She received her BA in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University, and her MA in Art History from Williams College.