Jeffrey Deitch, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has had a rough few months, with numerous board members—including every artist board member—resigning after the exit of chief curator Paul Schimmel in June. But Randy Kennedy of The New York Times reports that things are looking up for the former New York dealer, who has apparently secured the highflying entertainment agent Ari Emanuel as the latest member of his board. The scoop is in the paper’s online ArtsBeat column.
Over in e-flux’s Art & Education journal, Dr. Nizan Shaked, a professor of art history, museum and curatorial studies at the California State University Long Beach, offers a nice, long look at the state of museum administration and the proliferation of private museums today.
With former New York dealer Jeffrey Deitch approaching his two-year anniversary as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles—he began on June 1, 2010—Mike Boehm checked in with him for an article in the Los Angeles Times, and he takes a close look at the institution’s financial status, which still has a ways to go before it can be considered stable and healthy.
First, the bottom line, courtesy Mr. Boehm: “MOCA had either a $504,000 surplus or a $302,000 deficit in its first year under Deitch, depending on whether one includes an $804,000 depreciation expense. That’s down from a $4.8-million surplus—depreciation included—in the year before he began as director.”
Oh, goodness. Another day, another Damien Hirst post. But so it goes, since The Economist‘s Sarah Thornton has published a new piece on Mr. Hirst and his upcoming exhibition at Tate Modern, his first major retrospective at a modern art museum.
Hilarie M. Sheets profiles Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra, whose first major American retrospective comes to the Guggenheim in June. [NYT]
Report: Jennifer Lopez may play the Met’s Costume Gala. [WWD]
The Museum of Contemporary Art is losing three key officials—the chief operating officer, the fundraising director and the chair of the board’s finance committee, the Los Angeles Times reports. They had been in office for less than a year.