Left to right: Thelma Golden by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders; Glenn D. Lowry. © 2013 MoMA

Conversations: Among Friends Featuring Thelma Golden and Glenn D. Lowry

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Presented by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, Conversations: Among Friends explores works of art as reflections of their political and social contexts.

Presented by the Friends as part of the series Conversations: Among Friends, this evening's program features a conversation between Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art. Golden and Lowry will examine how institutions document movements, artistic communities, and artists’ histories on the occasion of the MoMA PS1 exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980. Following the program, guests are invited to continue the conversation and meet the participants at an intimate reception catered by Fantasy Fare in the Cullman Mezzanine.

Thelma Golden is director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem. Golden began her career at the Studio Museum in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. In a decade at the Whitney, she organized numerous groundbreaking exhibitions, including the 1993 Biennial and Black Male, and served as director of the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris. She returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as deputy director for exhibitions and programs, and was named director and chief curator in 2005. While at the Studio Museum, Golden has organized many notable exhibitions, including Chris Ofili: Afro Muses 1995–2005, Black Romantic, Freestyle, Frequency, Glenn Ligon: Stranger, Martin Puryear: The Cane Project, and Isaac Julien: Vagabondia. Golden holds a BA in art history and African-American studies from Smith College and honorary doctorates from the City College of New York (2009), San Francisco Art Institute (2008), Smith College (2004), and Moore College of Art and Design (2003), and was awarded a Barnard Medal of Distinction from Barnard College in 2010. Golden is currently a member of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama in 2010. Golden is an active guest curator as well as lecturer and panelist speaking at institutions both nationally and internationally about contemporary art and culture.

Glenn D. Lowry is the director of The Museum of Modern Art. Lowry became the sixth director of The Museum of Modern Art in 1995. He leads a staff of 760 and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. His most recent major initiatives include guiding the creation of MoMA’s new building, and directing the $858 million capital campaign that funded the building project and enlarged the endowment. Launched in November 1998, the campaign met and exceeded its goal and was completed by August 2005. A strong advocate of contemporary art, Lowry, 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 member of the Mori Art Museum International Advisory Committee and the Istanbul Modern International Advisory Board. He is also a steering committee member for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. In addition, Lowry is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in 1954 in New York City and raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he received a BA (1976) magna cum laude from Williams College, Williamstown, and MA (1978) and PhD (1982) degrees in art history from Harvard University.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Program begins at 7:00, followed by a reception at 8:15.

Tickets ($35) can be purchased online, through the Friends of Education office, and at the lobby information desk and the film desk.

Conversations: Among Friends is made possible by TD Bank.