Selections from the Collection of Dr. H. Russell Albright at New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), through July 4th, 2021

“Noted radiologist and art collector Dr. H. Russell Albright (1934-2017) bequeathed his extensive and important photography collection to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), and left a fund to create an endowment in support of the museum’s Department of Photographs. Dr. Albright had a long and significant relationship with NOMA, filling many roles over the span of 30 years, ranging from Trustee to longtime Fellow.

With his bequest to NOMA, Albright gave almost 400 works to the museum, more than 350 of which were photographs. Of these, the majority are by acknowledged contemporary masters such as Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Nan Goldin, and Thomas Ruff, and the collection also includes a smaller group of excellent prints by earlier twentieth century artists such a Man Ray, Brassaï, and Doris Ulmann. Additionally, substantial and generous works were gifted to the modern and contemporary art department, the decorative arts department, and the African art department.” — New Orleans Museum of Art

“Russell Albright’s eye was incredibly discerning, a trait that is visible across his collection, be it in his selection of a rich modernist print from the 1930s or a powerful contemporary photograph” says Russell Lord, NOMA’s Freeman Family Curator of Photographs. “Albright never shied away from adventurous or even controversial images, amassing a collection that is as critical as it is beautiful.”

Bill Brandt (British, born Germany, 1904-1983). Parlourmaid and Under-Parlourmaid Ready to Serve Dinner, ca. 1934. Gelatin silver prin. Gift of H. Russell Albright, M.D.
Brassai (Gyula Halasz) (Hungarian-French, 1899-1984). Lovers, Rue Saint Denis, 1931. Gelatin silver print. Gift and bequest of H. Russell Albright, M.D.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002). And At Night It Moans, ca. 1945. Gelatin silver print. Gift and bequest of H. Russell Albright, M.D.
Sally Mann (American, born 1951). Deep South, Untitled (Stick), 1998. Gelatin silver print, toned with tea. Bequest of H. Russell Albright, M.D.
Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989). New Orleans Interior, 1982. Gelatin silver print. Bequest of H. Russell Albright, M.D.
Man Ray (American, 1890-1976). Nude Portrait of Nusch Eluard from Facile, 1935. Gelatin silver print. Gift and bequest of H. Russell Albright, M.D.
Cindy Sherman (American, born 1954). Untitled #225, 1990. Chromogenic print. Gift and bequest of H. Russell Albright, M. M.D.

Images courtesy New Orleans Museum of Art.