MoMA’s Glen Lowry Not Pleased with Ouroussoff’s Idea of What Happened with Koolhaas at the Museum


Glenn Lowry, director of the MoMA isn’t so happy with the NY Times‘ architecture critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff, right now. After the critic ran a story a short while back about Lebbeus Woods, Ouroussoff spun off a bit to talk about why Rem Koolhaas was dropped from the running to design the new MoMA back in 1997:

Choosing to ignore the museum’s internal politics, he indiscreetly highlighted the museum’s corporate agenda in his design. An enraged MoMA board instantly dropped him.

This didn’t go over so well with Lowry, who sent in a letter shortly thereafter and printed in the paper just recently, attempting to set the story straight:

His proposal for the new museum was carefully reviewed and discussed by all who were involved in the decision-making process, and his observations about the way the museum functions had little, if anything, to do with the decision not to pursue his proposal.