03 MARCH 2008 / New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Director Coming to Greece

Athens (March 3, 2008) -- Glenn Lowry, Director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, will visit Greece for the first time and will speak to public audiences in Athens and Thessaloniki as part of the “Great Ideas” series.

On the occasion of its 60th anniversary, the Fulbright Foundation in Greece spearheaded the “Great Ideas” series in December 2007, in support of educational and cultural connections between Greece and the United States.  The major sponsor of the series is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.  The series is organized with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki. 

 

Featured in the Megaron Plus series, Glenn Lowry will speak at the Athens Concert Hall on Monday, March 17, at 19:00, on ”Making the Modern: A Disruptive Theory of the Museum of Modern Art.”  His lecture will focus on how the Museum has dealt with the collection and display of artworks, the way in which it periodically reinvents itself, and the changing nature of contemporary art. 

 

On Wednesday, March 19, at 18:30, he will speak in Thessaloniki on the same topic. This event is co-organized with the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry and will take place at the Chamber’s Conference Hall.   

 

During his visit to Greece, Glenn Lowry will also address student audiences at the Athens School of Fine Arts and the Thessaloniki School of Fine Arts. 

 

 Glenn Lowry was appointed Director of MoMA in 1995 (www.moma.org.)  One of his initiatives was the construction of MoMA’s new building, which was completed in 2004, and was a turning point in the history of the museum and a major cultural event for the city of New York.  Lowry studied Art History at Williams College and at Harvard University.  He has given many public lectures at museums and universities around the world and has written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society, among other topics. 

 

The goal of the “Great Ideas” series is to bring noted American experts and artists to Greece to perform and discuss current topics of interest to the Greek and American people.  The series was inaugurated with the lectures of biomedical ethics professor Dr. Ruth Faden in December 2007.  The “Great Ideas” series will continue in May 2008 with lectures by Dr. Richard Levin, President of Yale University, in Athens and Thessaloniki.   

 

 The Athens Concert Hall is located at Vas. Sofias Ave. & Petrou Kokkali St.  Admission is free with admission ticket.  Admission tickets will be available from 18:00 hours, or from 17:30 in case of high turnout. 

 

The Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry is located at 29 Tsimiski Street. The event is free for the public on a first come-first served basis.   

 

Simultaneous translation will be provided for the events in both Athens and Thessaloniki. 

 

Communications sponsors are the newspapers To Vima and Angelioforos, MEGA TV and the website www.in.gr.   

 

 For more information please visit 

 

www.fulbright.gr  

 

athens.usembassy.gov,  

 

http://thessaloniki.usconsulate.gov, and 

 

www.mosaiko.gr.