Glenn Lowry will stay on as director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York through 2025, the New York Times reports. Lowry had already signed on to continue at the museum through 2020, but it now appears that he will remain there even longer.
At MoMA, there had long been a rule that senior staff members at the institution should retire at or around when they turn 65, and in 2014 Lowry told the Times he would comply with that policy. But the museum’s board decided to do away with that rule earlier this year, and he will now stay.
Lowry began as director of MoMA in 1995, when he was 40. By 2025, he will be in his early 70s. If he completes his term at the museum, Lowry, the sixth person to head up MoMA, will have been director of the museum for three decades.
In a letter sent to MoMA’s employees and obtained by the Times, Leon Black, the chairman of the museum’s board, and Ronnie Heyman, the board’s president, said that Lowry continuing at the museum would “[assure] outstanding leadership through our transformative expansion and beyond.”
In the 20-plus years since Lowry took over leadership at MoMA, the museum has undergone significant changes. In 1999, it merged with PS1, a contemporary-art space in Queens dedicated to shows for emerging artists. The museum has also expanded twice, first in 2004 and second, in a process now underway, in a new form envisioned by the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro set to reach completion next year.