Glenn D. Lowry

Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art since 1995, leads a staff of 750 and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions and publications.  His major initiatives over the past 17 years include guiding MoMA’s $900 million capital campaign for the renovation and expansion of the Museum, and building its endowment, reinvigorating MoMA’s contemporary art program, and challenging conventional thinking about modern art. A strong advocate of contemporary art, Lowry conceived and initiated the Museum’s successful merger with P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in 1999.  He has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society, among other topics. Prior to joining The Museum of Modern Art, Lowry was director of the Art Gallery of Ontario (1990-95), one of the preeminent art museums in Canada. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a resident member of the American Philosophical Society and a steering committee member for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.  In 2004, the French government honored Lowry with the title of officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters).