December 26, 2008 |
In July 1999, when Jeremy Strick emerged from the Art Institute of Chicago's curatorial shadows and stepped into the director's spotlight at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, he thought he had found a near-perfect opportunity. He had watched from afar as MOCA burst into life in 1979. As it moved into adolescence, he was impressed with its ability to build a collection, exhibition program and international reputation with astonishing speed. "And I loved Los Angeles," he said this week in an interview in his office.
June 1, 2007 |
In a pledge that reinforces a philanthropic tradition, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has received the promise of a gift of 33 pieces from Clifford Einstein, chair of MOCA's board of trustees, and his wife, Madeline. The donation comprises works made over the last three decades by an international slate of prominent artists, including Kiki Smith, Nam June Paik, Mark Grotjahn, Sigmar Polke, Mike Kelley and Lari Pittman.
June 27, 2004 |
In the waning days of 1999, Jeremy Strick sat at the round, black, wooden table that dominates his sixth-floor director's office at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles and opened a letter stuffed with brilliant portents. The greeting from museum trustee Dallas Price bid him a happy new year and announced that she was giving MOCA $1 million per annum, no strings attached, for the coming 10 years -- the largest cash gift in MOCA's history.
January 28, 2001
How disgraceful that MOCA sees fit to spend $1 million on an advertising campaign by the agency TBWA/Chiat/Day instead of supporting living artists and challenging them to evince interest in MOCA ("In So Many Words," Jan. 4). How oblivious of the museum's new director, Jeremy Strick. This move casts a pall on MOCA's image as a cutting-edge museum--and shows a distinct lack of faith in living artists. One wonders if MOCA is now beholden only to corporate interests and the bottom line instead of being a vibrant, risk-taking institution.
March 12, 2000 |
About a year ago, when Jeremy Strick was chosen to be the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, skeptics rolled their eyes and crossed their fingers. The problem wasn't his art credentials. Strick is a Harvard University-educated scholar who was curator of 20th century painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago and previously held curatorial positions at two other prestigious institutions, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the St. Louis Art Museum.
March 11, 2000 |
Eight months into his job as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jeremy Strick has decided to close the museum's department of experimental programs, headed by longtime curator Julie Lazar. She and her assistant, Brent Zerger, will leave the museum at the end of the month, Strick said Friday. The decision follows an evaluation of the museum's curatorial structure, Strick said. "This is basically a move to concentrate our programmatic efforts.