LA Shake up at the MOCA by an NY Icon!
While living in New York, Lanie and I were avid visitors of the Deitch Projects, a group of Private Galleries in NY. We were fortunate to get a chance to experience works by Steve Powers, Barry McGee, Ryan McGinness, Basquiat, Chicks on Speed, Terry Richardson and by the late great Keith Haring. Recently, Jeffrey Deitch has been selected as the new Director of the Los Angeles MOCA… ‘A Shake Up’ is coming to LA if he takes the job, we’ll see!
“American museums usually pick directors from the curatorial or academic ranks; none have ever been run by a former gallery owner. Scolds will imagine immoral scenarios of a wolf in the fold and tut-tut over the possibility of an uncouth, craven commercial dealer trading museum treasures for market-share, making back room deals, and violating ethics. But bear in mind that MOCA desperately needs to think outside the box (as do many more museums). After mounting numerous memorable exhibitions over the decades, the museum was woefully mismanaged by its board and under-funded by the notoriously stingy Hollywood community. In 2008, it almost went under.
Hiring Deitch wouldn’t be like handing over the reins to the head of an auction house or to mega-shaker Larry Gagosian — although Gagosian’s shows of late have been better than most museums. Deitch, a gadfly and jack-of-all-trades, is a consummate insider with credibility and real-world skills. He not only has a Harvard MBA and was a Vice President of Citibank, he’s a great writer, a seasoned curator, has advised international collectors, and knows the inner workings of art and money, artists and collectors, institutions and the public. Really, the iffiest thing about Deitch has been his gallery program, loaded as it often is with youth-culture attractions, gratuitous raciness, and snazzy production numbers. (The question of what would happen to Deitch Projects if he takes the MoCA job is an interesting one.)”
Read more: Los Angeles MOCA Set to Name Jeffrey Deitch Director, Shake Up Art World — Vulture
Courtesy of NYMAG.COM