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In little more than a year The Museum of Modern Art will turn 90 and complete a major expansion and renovation driven by its legacy and vision to make the experience of art and artists within it feel ever more inviting, relevant and exceptional to visitors.
How has the museum changed since its founding in 1929? What are the challenges of the present? And what does the Museum need to do to remain a leader in the field over the coming years?
Glenn D. Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He leads a staff of over 750 people and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. A strong advocate of contemporary art, he has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society, among other topics.
He is 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. He also 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 Mr. Lowry with the title of Officier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Born in 1954 in New York City and raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Mr. Lowry received a B.A. degree (1976) magna cum laude from Williams College, Williamstown, and M.A. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees in history of art from Harvard University.