Museums: New Man at MOMA

When Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art was founded 38 years ago, it stood almost alone in the museum field as an institution dedicated wholly to making people see, understand and enjoy strictly modern art. On July 1, MOMA's first director, Alfred H. Barr Jr., 65, who has been its director of collections since 1947, will retire. A year later the current director, Rene d'Harnoncourt, 66, will step down. To replace them, the museum last week announced it had picked Cincinnati-born, Chicago-educated Bates Lowry, 43.

A Renaissance scholar whose Ph.D. was on the Louvre...

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