Barbara Kruger, an artist and MOCA trustee, is among them. "Jeremy understands the absolute centrality of art and artists in a contemporary art museum, and I think that is rare," she said this week.
Artist John Baldessari, also a MOCA board member, called Strick's departure "unfortunate."
"I don't think he was hired to be a financial wizard," Baldessari said. "It was because of his acumen in art. In my mind, Jeremy became a scapegoat, a lightning rod. . . . It's easier to point to one person than a group of people."
To Madeleine Grynsztejn, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, its counterpart in Los Angeles is "a beacon and a model program."
"It is significant that it is precisely under Jeremy Strick's nine-year tenure that they presented some of the most important exhibitions in the history of contemporary art and traveled those projects worldwide," she said. "I trust that if this crisis has any kind of a silver lining, it is that there is increasing recognition of the institution and the fact that it is a precious public trust."