Kate Fowle quits MoMA PS1

Kate Fowle. Photo by James Hill
Kate Fowle. Photo: James Hill

Kate Fowle, who has led MoMA PS1 since 2019, is to step down.

The British curator’s short time as director was marred by the pandemic, when the North American institution was forced to close for months and reduce its staff from 64 to 17. (Staffing levels now number 55.) While big blockbuster exhibitions were necessarily postponed – including Marking Time: Art in the Age of Incarceration and the current Deana Lawson solo – Fowle created the Homeroom gallery, an exhibition space curated by community groups. 

No reason has been given for her abrupt departure. Fowle joined the Long Island institution from the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, where she was the chief curator during the 2015 opening of its Rem Koolhaas–designed building.

In a note to staff Fowle said she would continue to organise an exhibition of work by African-Puerto Rican painter and sculptor Daniel Lind-Ramos, to open at her now former institution in April 2023.

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