L.A. MOCA Trustees to Have Special Meeting Today

Broad. (Patrick McMullan)

After a rocky summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is planning to hold a meeting today, the Los Angeles Times reports. The meeting is intended to bring together trustees whose “willingness to donate” is crucial for the museum, which recently suffered budget cuts. The Los Angeles Times interviewed six of the 39 trustees, some of whom telegraphed their disappointment with respect to the way the board is run in no uncertain terms, one claiming the whole board is “traumatized” by Eli Broad while another said, “Eli stepped in, and it sort of became a one-man show.” Read More


L.A. MOCA Former Chief Executive Urges Removal of Deitch

Deitch. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

In another stunning development in the situation at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art that was ignited by the abrupt departure of chief curator Paul Schimmel, former MOCA executive director Charles Young sent an e-mail to┬álife trustee Eli Broad calling for the removal of director Jeffrey Deitch. The Los Angeles Times got hold of the letter, in which Mr. Young calls the debacle, which has resulted in the resignation of its four artist-trustees, a “four-alarm fire.” Read More


Eli Broad Sets Record Straight on Paul Schimmel

Eli Broad. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

In an effort to “set the record straight” about the departure of Paul Schimmel from the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, which we reported here, Eli Broad, wrote an op-ed piece for the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Broad, who was the founding chairman of the board of trustees of the museum (he’s now a lifetime trustee there), suggests Mr. Schimmel may not have been staging shows that were popular enough or cost-effective enough considering the museum’s history of fiscal woes. Read More


Paul Schimmel’s Departure From MOCA: Differing Takes in the Press

The Los Angeles Times has reported that Eli Broad, left, personally told Paul Schimmel that the MOCA board had voted to fire him. The museum's director, Jeffrey Deitch, told The Wall Street Journal that Mr. Schimmel resigned. At center, Edythe Broad, Mr. Broad's wife. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan Company)

More than two full days after news broke that the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and its chief curator, Paul Schimmel, had parted ways, the exact circumstances of his departure remain unclear, and various national newspapers are offering differing accounts of whether or not he was fired. The official line from MOCA is that Mr. Schimmel, who has declined to speak with press, resigned. Read More


Eli Broad Wrote A Book


It is called The Art of Being Unreasonable. It has a foreword by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The first sentence is “I am unreasonable.” There Mr. Broad is on the cover, smiling awkwardly next to a Jeff Koons balloon sculpture. The good thing about being a billionaire with a book deal is that you can get some very fancy people to write blurbs for you. Read More