After Delay, Broad Foundation Makes Payment to L.A. MOCA

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The Broad Foundation has made a $1.5 million payment to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art after withholding a scheduled payment earlier this month because, as a foundation spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times, $2.1 million previously given to the museum had not yet been used. The payments are part of a 2008 agreement that Eli Broad would give MOCA $3 million a year for five years to help support its exhibitions programming. 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


MOCA Mobilization Releases Petition to ‘Save’ Museum

(Courtesy MOCA Mobilization)

MOCA Mobilization, an independent community group formed in 2008 to support the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, has released a petition protesting the recent shake-ups at MOCA, including the alleged ousting of chief curator Paul Schimmel, the subsequent resignation of all of the museum’s artist-trustees and claims that the program is too celebrity-focused. The petition is signed by artists Cindy Bernard and Diana Thater. It was posted online Tuesday and, as of this writing, has 251 signatures. The full text is below. Read More


Jeffrey Deitch Defends MOCA to the Los Angeles Times

Mr. Deitch. (Courtesy PMC)

After releasing an official statement regarding the exit of Paul Schimmel, the long-time chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, as well as the resignation of the museum’s four artist-trustees, MOCA’s director, Jeffrey Deitch, has commented on the record with the Los Angeles Times about the situation. Read More