MoMA Plans Ileana Sonnabend Show

'Canyon.' (Courtesy Wikipedia)

The Museum of Modern Art announced today that this winter it will stage “Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New,” a exhibition dedicated to the artists and works that passed through the gallery of the influential dealer. Read More


Now Hear This: For 42 Years, Barbara London Has Been Making Noise at MoMA

'Mass Black Implosion (Shaar, Iannis Xenakis),'
2012. (Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery)

Back in June, longtime Museum of Modern Art curator Barbara London, who has unruly blond hair and a penchant for chunky necklaces, sat down for a meeting with the museum’s security team. The topic at hand was how to safely install 16 speakers and two subwoofers so that the museum would be able to properly play underwater insect noises and ultrasonic echolocation calls of bats recorded by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen. Such sounds are, technically speaking, beyond the range of human hearing, but Ms. Winderen has slowed them down to about a tenth of their speed so that they become audible as fierce, sharp chirps. With the speakers arrayed around the floor and ceiling of the dark gallery, the effect on the listener is of being inside an otherworldly cave. Read More


MOCA Los Angeles Delays Koons Retrospective to 2015 [Updated]

A detail of a Koons at Gagosian New York. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Poor Los Angeles. Poor, poor Los Angeles. Last year its Museum of Contemporary Art scuttled plans to host Tate Modern’s Damien Hirst show and an exhibition of Richard Hamilton’s work, and now MOCA is saying that it will not open its Koons retrospective in January, as previously planned. The show will debut at the Whitney in June of next year, and then travel to Paris’s Centre Pompidou in October. A rep for MOCA told The Observer, “We anticipate a 2015 opening.” Read More


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