Kate Fowle to step down as director of MoMA PS1 – ARTnews.com
Kate Fowle, director of MoMA PS1, one of the county’s leading contemporary art museums, said she would step down after less than three years. His last day will be July 15.
In an email sent to museum staff on Friday afternoon that was reviewed by ART newsFowle did not give a reason for her unexpected departure, saying only that she would continue to curate the institution’s highly anticipated exhibition on Daniel Lind-Ramos which was due to open in April 2023.
Fowle said the museum‘s interim leadership will consist of deputy director Jose Ortiz, director of curatorial affairs Ruba Katrib and director of external affairs Molly Kurzius, as well as museum board chair Sarah Arison. and MoMA director Glenn Lowry.
Located in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, MoMA PS1 is an affiliate institution of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Prior to joining PS1 in 2019, Fowle was chief curator of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow for six years, where she helped open its building designed by Rem Koolhaas in 2015, launched the Garage Triennial of Russian Contemporary Art and became known for an innovative program of exhibitions which included screenings of artists like Louise Bourgeois, Olga Chernysheva, Urs Fischer, Rashid Johnson, Irina Korina, Robert Longo, Anri Sala and Rirkrit Tiravanija.
Fowle took over as director of PS1 in September 2019, which had been vacant for more than a year after Klaus Biesenbach left to lead the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. (He has since left that position.)
Fowle’s departure from PS1 is unexpected. A New York Times His profile, published in Apriltouted her “priorities as the new leader of the Long Island City institution: strengthening the bond with her neighbors in western Queens and northern Brooklyn, making PS1 a hub of community activity across art, build on the museum’s progressive roots, and give the institution an identity separate from that of MoMA.
Just a few weeks ago, PS1 hosted a grand gala, its first since the pandemic began, at its home, a former school in Long Island City. The glitzy affair was attended by Mayor Eric Adams, collector and former MoMA PS1 Board Chair Agnes Gund, and artists Rashid Johnson and Deana Lawson.
Another recent departure from PS1 is Hannah Howe, director of development since February 2021, who left to become deputy director of development for individual donations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In the message to staff, Fowle wrote: ‘I want you to know that I have deep respect and admiration for all of you, and am incredibly proud of all the work we have done together. You are the dream team and I am forever in awe of your kindness, dedication and care for each other, me and all the artists and their communities and partners we work with. I’m really looking forward to seeing how our artist-centric, community-driven vision evolves.
In a statement sent to ART news, Arison said, “Kate Fowle is a talented curator and director who has led MoMA PS1 through the intense challenges of the past three years to become a more resilient and financially stable institution. Kate piloted innovative models of community engagement, diversified uses of the building and its courtyard to connect more deeply with the communities of Queens and New York, and strengthened PS1’s engagement and role as an institution. centered on artists. We all have so much admiration and respect for Kate, including her incredible work ethic and artistic vision. We are very grateful for everything she has brought to PS1, and the work she has done to build a bright future for the institution. We wish Kate continued success in the next role she chooses.