Deitch Leaving MOCA
According to rumors, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Deitch is resigning. His resignation will be confirmed during a meeting of the museum’s board today, according to people close to the situation.
The resignation after only three years into his five-year contract is not surprising, one of MOCA’s founding board members told Bloomberg, saying that “His creative ideas were brilliant, but being a director is a lot about fundraising. And that’s where Jeffrey was limited.”
During Deitch’s tempestuous time at MOCA, Paul Schimmel, the museum’s legendary chief curator, left the institution. In protest of his departure, four famous artists, including John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha, quit the board of trustees.
His next move? Apparently Deitch is planning to return to his old job, running one of New York’s premier art galleries.
Jeffrey Deitch At Art Basel
During a conversation with art advisor Josh Baer at Art Basel last week, Jeffrey Deitch talked about the threat of private museums to fundraising and programming at MOCA Los Angeles.
Read more about this conversation in artnet Magazine.