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July 23, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Jeffrey Deitch is expected to resign as director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art imminently, according to people with knowledge of the situation. One person, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said that Deitch was "choosing to step down. " Another person who has spoken to Deitch said that MOCA is expected to announce Deitch's exit along with the news that the museum is nearing completion of a fundraising campaign it announced in March to boost its endowment from about $20 million to $100 million.
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March 19, 2014 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Philippe Vergne says his first task as the new director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art is not to act quickly but to think and plan deeply. On the job less than two weeks after extensive past experience as director of New York's Dia Art Foundation and top curator and deputy director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Vergne spelled out no immediate changes Wednesday and said he'll look to MOCA's past achievements for guidance. GRAPHIC: MOCA's ups and downs with Jeffrey Deitch "The most important priority is to look at the programming and reimagine the program" of exhibitions and events, he said as he joined Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Maurice Marciano, MOCA's new board co-chairs, and Maria Seferian, the museum's interim director before his arrival, for a discussion with Los Angeles Times reporters and editors.
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December 6, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Miami is the new Los Angeles - for Jeffrey Deitch, anyway. Former Museum of Contemporary Art Director Deitch had a tumultuous run in L.A. before stepping down Sept. 1. At Art Basel Miami this week, an event that draws celebs of all stripes in a glossy smashup of art, music and pop culture, Deitch kept things interesting - albeit unintentionally so. When the New York art dealer ran into Sean “Diddy” Combs on the Miami Beach Convention Center floor Wednesday, he mistook the rapper for Kanye West - to his face.
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March 18, 2014 | By Kelly Scott
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles announced Tuesday that three of the four artists who resigned from the museum's board in July 2012 over concerns about the direction of the institution will rejoin it. John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie will resume their positions as "artist trustees" on the MOCA board. Ed Ruscha, a former trustee who also resigned, will not return; he joined the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in August. Instead, Mark Grotjahn will become the fourth artist on MOCA's board.
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January 19, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum
The dealer had heard about the two young artists who spent the occasional evening ransacking a hotel room, ripping apart phone books, writing on the walls and getting stoned. Even the artists weren't sure this was art. But Jeffrey Deitch was. He handed them keys to his SoHo gallery and for almost a week they crammed it with 2,000 shredded phone books, and stabbed a broomstick and broken wine bottles in the walls for "Nest," a show that was to remain there for a month. It didn't even survive the raucous opening night party.
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January 12, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
Jeffrey Deitch stepped into a gallery at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Monday where a photographer was set to take his portrait in front of a painting in the shape of a bull's-eye by Kenneth Noland. But Deitch, 57, had another idea for a backdrop: He suggested "A Lot to Like," James Rosenquist's massive 1962 canvas that occupied another wall in the gallery. "Jim's a friend," Deitch said. The offhand remark illustrates the assets and potential drawbacks that New Yorker Deitch, appointed Monday as MOCA's new director, brings to his new role in Los Angeles and the larger art world.
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June 1, 2010 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
For years, officials at the Museum of Contemporary Art have fretted over attendance. Despite a program that's arguably the nation's best, attendance in 2008 stood at 213,549. L.A. County's population nears 10 million. The following year, after MOCA's fiscal mismanagement went public and the museum nearly collapsed, leading to reduced programs, visitor numbers dropped to 148,616. At MOCA's three venues, that's fewer than 600 people per day. When Jeffrey Deitch takes the helm Tuesday as MOCA's fourth director in 30 years, he'll face the problem.
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June 7, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
Over the last four decades, Jeffrey Deitch has played many roles in the New York art world. In the 1970s, he got his start as a gallery assistant and art critic. In the '80s, he co-directed the art advisory department at Citibank. In the '90s, he was a private dealer before opening the gallery and performance space Deitch Projects. This month, he has made what many call his biggest move yet, becoming the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. But throughout it all, there has been one constant: his abiding fascination with Andy Warhol.
OPINION
July 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Jeffrey Deitch's embattled stewardship of the Museum of Contemporary Art has ended with his resignation as director three years into his five-year contract. That's probably a good thing for the museum, which was under serious financial strain for most of his tenure even as it engaged in a bitter battle over the artistic direction in which it was moving. Deitch was a risky hire from the start, an innovative but untested New York gallery owner tapped for a job that traditionally goes to someone with a scholarly, curatorial background and administrative experience.
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January 16, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin and Mike Boehm
The Museum of Contemporary Art has named Philippe Vergne as its new director, choosing a longtime art world professional from the respected Dia Art Foundation in New York to lead the financially challenged but rebuilding institution. Vergne follows Jeffrey Deitch, who left MOCA in September 2013 with two years left in a five-year contract. Deitch was an unconventional choice when he was appointed in 2010 - a successful New York art dealer and advisor with no experience leading a nonprofit organization.
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February 25, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Art talks typically don't draw stadium concert-like crowds. On Monday night, however, almost 2,000 people crowded into downtown L.A.'s Orpheum Theatre to hear filmmaker-actor-artist John Waters interview contemporary artist Jeff Koons. The event was part of the Broad museum's “Un-Private Collection” lecture series, which pairs artists from the Broad's collection with pop cultural figures. The Pope of Trash in conversation with the King of Kitsch is undoubtedly a hot ticket.
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January 18, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
The Museum of Contemporary Art continues to take steps toward pulling itself out of a deep, nearly six-year slump that almost sank the once widely acclaimed institution. With $100 million in endowment pledges and an ambitious plan to up that ante by 50%, MOCA announced the hiring of a new director this week. One can greet the appointment of Philippe Vergne, 47, with cautious optimism. L.A. wants its MOCA back. Vergne's job is to deliver it. Vergne faces the desperate need - and the golden opportunity - to rebuild a critically important institution battered by long-standing administrative mismanagement.
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January 16, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The Museum of Contemporary Art named Philippe Vergne as its new museum director late Wednesday, and in his first interview after the announcement, Vergne talked about his work to date and what he hopes to bring to MOCA. “The artists and ideas I've committed to over the years are the embodiment of my vision, which is to work with the most important artists of our time, the artists who really change the way we think about art and who've had a deep impact on art history," said the French-born Vergne, 47, director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York for the last five years.  “My vision is to commit to the most experimental artists of our time, but also to contextualize their work within a broader context.
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January 16, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin and Mike Boehm
The Museum of Contemporary Art has named Philippe Vergne as its new director, choosing a longtime art world professional from the respected Dia Art Foundation in New York to lead the financially challenged but rebuilding institution. Vergne follows Jeffrey Deitch, who left MOCA in September 2013 with two years left in a five-year contract. Deitch was an unconventional choice when he was appointed in 2010 - a successful New York art dealer and advisor with no experience leading a nonprofit organization.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Miami is the new Los Angeles - for Jeffrey Deitch, anyway. Former Museum of Contemporary Art Director Deitch had a tumultuous run in L.A. before stepping down Sept. 1. At Art Basel Miami this week, an event that draws celebs of all stripes in a glossy smashup of art, music and pop culture, Deitch kept things interesting - albeit unintentionally so. When the New York art dealer ran into Sean “Diddy” Combs on the Miami Beach Convention Center floor Wednesday, he mistook the rapper for Kanye West - to his face.
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November 20, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
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August 28, 2013 | By David Ng and Kelly Scott
This story has been updated. See details below. Ann Goldstein, a former senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, resigned as director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Wednesday, intensifying speculation that she could be MOCA's next director. Since the departure in July of Jeffrey Deitch, Goldstein's name has been among those mentioned as a possible successor, given her history with the museum and her experience running a major art institution. A Los Angeles native, Goldstein began her museum career at MOCA, rising to senior curator over the course of 20 years.
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December 14, 2010 | By Jori Finkel, Times Staff Writer
Street art is fugitive by nature ? and vulnerable to being destroyed by angry shopkeepers who just don't appreciate the creativity. But in the strange case of a massive antiwar mural that made a brief appearance downtown last week, it was the Museum of Contemporary Art that both commissioned and removed the work. The mural, by the Italian street artist known as Blu, had a strong antiwar and anti-capitalist bent. It featured a field of military-style coffins draped by large dollar bills instead of flags.
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