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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 22 • MAY 18, 2001

MoMA Director Glenn Lowry to Discuss Sculptures at Spring Neighborhood Day Tomorrow

On Sat., May 19, at the university's Spring Neighborhood Day, Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), will give a public lecture about the MoMA sculptures currently on campus.This special exhibition, entitled "Sculpture from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art," includes works by Scott Burton, Alexander Calder, Ettore Colla, Herbert Ferber, Bryan Hunt, Henry Moore, Claes

Rockefeller will open its gates to the public on Sat., May 19, the university's Spring Neighborhood Day. At 1 p.m. MoMA director Glenn Lowry will discuss the sculptures on loan from the museum.

Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, George Rickey, David Smith, Tony Smith and Mark di Suvero.

Glenn D. Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He leads a staff of some 600 people and directs an active program of

exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. In addition to directing the Museum's curatorial, educational, and administrative programs, he is managing the Museum's Building Project, which began in February 1996 and is expected to be completed in 2004, in time for MoMA's 75th anniversary.

A strong advocate of contemporary art, he, 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.

Lowry is a board member of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and of the Donald Judd Foundation. He also serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.

Born in 1954 in New York City and raised in Williams-town, Massachusetts, Lowry received a B.A. degree (1976) magna cum laude from Williams College, Williams-town, and M.A. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees in history of art from Harvard University.

Lowry's talk, entitled "Creating an Urban Oasis: The Museum of Modern Art and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden," will begin at 1 p.m. in Caspary Auditorium.

The Spring Neighborhood Day event will also include docent-led art tours for the public and campus community. The Rockefeller University campus has itself been described by The New York Times as an "urban oasis." The 15-acre grounds were designed by famed landscape architect Daniel Urban Kiley, who strove to create a protective and soothing environment in the midst of a big city.

Every year, on Spring Neighborhood Day, the university invites area residents to enjoy the campus's lush gardens. This year's event takes place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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