MOMA Director to be Interviewed by Smithsonian’s Undersecretary for Art

In its second event of the “CEO in the Arts Series,” New York University’s Council on Arts Management Programs in the Steinhardt School will present two prominent museum directors, Glenn Lowry interviewed by Ned Rifkin, in a one-on-one dialogue to discuss what it takes to lead one of most important destinations for art in the country. The event, on March 2 from 6-8 p.m. at NYU’s Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant Street at E. 9th Street and Third Avenue, is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Tammy Brown at 212.998.5799.

Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), will be interviewed by Rifkin, undersecretary for art at the Smithsonian Institution. Lowry recently oversaw and directed the $858 million capital campaign that funded the project to renovate and expand the MoMA. He became the sixth director for the museum in 1995 and leads a staff of more than 700 people.

At the Smithsonian, Rifkin oversees an array of galleries and museum archives including the archives of American art, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, and the Freer Gallery of Art. Rifkin is the former director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Menil Collection in Houston, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.

The CEO in the Arts Series is an initiative of the Council on Arts Management Programs, a collaboration of Steinhardt’s faculty in the Departments of Art and Art Professions and Music and Performing Arts Professions. The program presents leading executives in an interview format to discuss and explore the strategies, challenges, and goals of some of New York City’s leading institutions for art.

Members of the media interested in attending should contact Jennifer Zwiebel, 212.998.6797 or

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