Meltdown at MOCA on Which Way, LA?
On July 16, 2012, Which Way LA moderated a roundtable of art critics and experts who’ve been following the deterioration of MOCA in downtown Los Angeles.
“There’s an amazing drama unfolding on Grand Avenue and it has nothing to do with the theaters on one end of it, but, rather, the art museum in the center of it: MOCA. The fourth of the four artists who sit on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles resigned over the weekend, it was revealed today. Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, Barbara Kruger and John Baldessari are furious with the state of the museum. It’s been the talk of art circles all over the city, and likely, all over the world, this meltdown that’s been in play. Much of the ire centers around museum director Jeffrey Deitch, a super-power gallerist from NYC who has run the museum for two years now. Reports say he’s been at odds with long-time curator Paul Schimmel since the get-go. Schimmel was dumped three weeks ago by another character in this unfolding drama, the all-powerful Eli Broad. Some say he’s got way too much power over the museum.”
Source: Meltdown at MOCA, hosted by Lisa Napoli on KCRW Which Way, LA?