Glenn D. Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He leads a staff of 760 people and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. Mr. Lowry’s most recent major initiatives include guiding the building of MoMA’s new museum, and directing the $858 million capital campaign that funded the building project and enlarged the endowment. Launched in November 1998, the campaign met and exceeded its goal and was completed by August 2005.
A strong advocate of contemporary art, Mr. Lowry, along with Alanna Heiss, director of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, conceived and initiated the merger of their two organizations, which was announced in February 1999. He has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society, among other topics.
Mr. Lowry is a member of the Mori Art Museum International Advisory Committee and the Istanbul Modern International Advisory Board. He is also a Steering Committee Member for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. In addition, Mr. Lowry is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Arts and Letters.
Born in 1954 in New York City and raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Mr. Lowry received a BA degree (1976) magna cum laude from Williams College, Williamstown, and MA (1978) and PhD (1982) degrees in history of art from Harvard University. He is married to the former Susan Chambers and they have three children.