Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Glenn D. Lowry

Museum Director - Director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York

42 in 2023

  • 202342
  • 202254
  • 20207
  • 20191
  • 201813
  • 201717
  • 201612
  • 20157
  • 20144
  • 20138
  • 20129
  • 20113
  • 20105
  • 20092
  • 20074
  • 20064
  • 20055
  • 20042
  • 200314
Photo: Peter Ross. © 2021 Museum of Modern Art, New York

MoMA bucked a trend among New York’s arts institutions and increased attendance in 2022 over 2019 (albeit from an artificially low level: MoMA was under renovation for part of that year), but costs are on the rise, including admission (from $25 to $30). Then there’s the politics to navigate (Lowry told the The Art World: What If…?! podcast that the museum isn’t looking to be “woke”, but to “do the right thing”); questions of restitution (returning several Egon Schiele works looted by the Nazi regime); controversies regarding the board (16 climate activists were arrested protesting the museum’s ties to a private equity fund with substantial fossil fuel investments, through donations made to the museum by fund founder Henry Kravis and his wife, Marie-Josée Kravis, current MoMA chair); and new staff (former Hammer Museum director Connie Butler took the helm at MoMA’s PS1 branch). Lastly, and hopefully not least in terms of claims on his attention, the exhibitions: an Ed Ruscha survey, shows of Barbara Chase-Riboud and An-My Lê, and the museum’s largest presentation of video to date, among them.

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