Parties

Remember You Well at the Chelsea Hotel: Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis Has an Art Show, Rides a Motorcycle

Princess Gloria

“She’s here,” said a tall German woman in a full-length leopard-print dress. She and others at the Hotel Chelsea Storefront gravitated to the narrow doorway for the entrance of Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, whose installation of 60 hand-drawn portraits of famous people, all vaguely connected to the Chelsea Hotel, opened last night. The Princess did not disappoint. Sporting an American flag helmet, she pulled up to the sidewalk on a motorcycle. Read More

Museums

It’s Official: Deitch Announces Resignation, ‘Will Stay on to Ensure a Smooth Transition’

Deitch. (Getty Images)

On Tuesday, numerous news outlet and various sources close to Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art said that Jeffrey Deitch would resign as director on Wednesday, but as of yesterday evening there was no announcement. Phone calls to MOCA and Mr. Deitch went unanswered: complete radio silence. But then, at 9:30 p.m. New York time, 6:30 p.m. in L.A., the news came that Mr. Deitch had officially told the museum’s board of trustees that he was “stepping down” after three years in the top job. Read More

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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

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Deitch-quake in Los Angeles: Jeffrey Deitch Has Become a Lightning Rod for Criticism of MOCA but Is the Former Dealer Really to Blame?

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In early 2010, when the news broke that a respected art dealer, Jeffrey Deitch, had been named director of the financially struggling Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the museum’s decision was widely considered a controversial one. This had, of course, happened before: back in the early 1960s, Walter Hopps left his partnership in Los Angeles’s fabled Ferus Gallery to head up the Pasadena Art Museum, where he went on to a successful museum career that included a now-famous Marcel Duchamp exhibition. But who ever said the art world has a long memory? In fact, there have been many role changes in the past few years, including Guggenheim Museum director Lisa Dennison’s departure from the museum to work for Sotheby’s, and Picasso guru John Richardson and, more recently, the Museum of Modern Art’s chief curator emeritus John Elderfield joining the ranks at Gagosian Gallery. As well-financed galleries regularly put on blockbuster shows that are ballsier and more spontaneous than slow-moving museums could ever manage, the role of today’s art institution—and its staff—is at risk and thus up for grabs. Veteran curators are not immune to the smell of money, so it’s no surprise that some of them deservedly want to cash in a few chips. What made the MOCA appointment unusual in this context was that Mr. Deitch went in the opposite direction, giving up his eponymous commercial gallery in order to run a nonprofit institution that needed reinventing. Ironically, instead of receiving praise for his decision to focus on art instead of art commerce, he has been dogged by suspicion, accusations and mistrust from the beginning of his tenure. Read More

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Morning Links: ‘Embattled’ Deitch Edition

Deitch. (Patrick McMullan)

Jeffrey Deitch defends the seriousness of his exhibition program at MOCA Los Angeles. An excerpt: “‘I’m embattled,’ Deitch says in a tone more sorrowful than angry.” The museum director also says that two new “significant” trustees will join the board in the next few days. [LAT]

Arts philanthropist Martin E. Segal has died at the age of 96. “He went into the office almost every day and out on the town almost every night.” He was also married for 74 years. [NYT] Read More

L.A. MOCA

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 life 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

Museums

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