Glenn Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 1995. He continues the museum’s legacy of enriching public life through exhibitions, educational programs, publications and digital tools that challenge conventional ideas about Modern and Contemporary art and design, and initiatives that bring MoMA’s renowned collection and research to audiences worldwide.
Lowry has significantly developed the museum’s holdings in all mediums, adding entire collections of contemporary drawings, Fluxism and Conceptual art along with the archives of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a strong advocate of Contemporary art and artists who are shaping current art practice, he has overseen recent acquisitions of works by artists including: Matthew Barney; Louise Bourgeois; Marcel Broodthaers; Paul Chan; Lygia Clark; David Hammons; Rachel Harrison; Zoe Leonard; Steve McQueen; Bruce Nauman; Robert Rauschenberg; Gerhard Richter; Mira Schendel; Richard Serra; Sophie Taeuber-Arp; and Cy Twombly, among others.
Lowry’s major initiatives include the creation of a new curatorial department, Media and Performance Art; the establishment of the research program Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age Initiative (C-MAP); and the merger of The Museum of Modern Art and PS1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1).
Lowry guided the Museum’s 2004 expansion and accompanying capital campaign—raising $450m for the new building and more than $450m for the endowment and other related expenses. He is also leading MoMA’s current renovation and expansion project.
Lowry lectures and writes about various topics including the role of museums in society. He is also a member of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s board of trustees; a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. Lowry serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and is a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD).
In 2004, the French government honored Lowry with the title of Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.