February 27, 2009 |
Ousted last year as president of Pasadena's Art Center College of Design, Richard Koshalek will return to the museum world in the nation's capital as director of the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Wayne Clough, the Smithsonian's new secretary, announced the appointment, effective April 13, in a statement Thursday, citing Koshalek's "vast experience in both the education and museum worlds." Before taking over Art Center's top spot in 1999 with a mandate to raise money and expand the campus, Koshalek, 67, was an institution-building director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art in the 1980s and '90s.
December 12, 2010 |
The Stedelijk Museum has a long-standing reputation in the art world for innovation. That spirit was underscored with the 2009 choice of an American as its new director: Ann Goldstein, who was then a senior curator at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art. Goldstein was excited by the notion of presiding over the reopening of the country's most important museum of modern and contemporary art, which had been closed for renovations since 2003. Because of delays due to governmental bureaucracy, funding issues and construction problems, the museum had presented exhibitions in satellite locations around Amsterdam between 2004 and 2008.
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.
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September 25, 2009 |
The Museum of Neon Art opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles in 1981 -- long before the city center was fashionable. For much of this time, the museum has moved around the area, looking for a spot large enough to show off its uniquely Southern California collection. At its current location on 4th Street in the Old Bank district, visitors to the museum have a tendency to look befuddled after viewing the 20 pieces of neon and wonder where some of the more iconic pieces are located.
January 9, 2010 |
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art says it will name its new director Monday, and one of the names in play is that of Jeffrey Deitch, a high-flying New York City art dealer who, if chosen, would represent a break with art museum convention. Neither the museum, nor arts patron Eli Broad -- whose $30-million pledge was the cornerstone of the museum's rescue from financial peril in late 2008 -- would comment on the finalists for the job. "We've interviewed about 13 people and no decision has been made yet, by either the search committee or the board, but we hope that will happen soon," Broad said.
October 1, 2012 |
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art launched its MOCAtv channel on YouTube on Monday, offering an excellent deal - a free three-month membership to the actual, bricks and mortar, nonvirtual museum - for those who subscribe to the free online service, which features videos of artists creating or talking about their work. Museum members get in free instead of having to pay the $12 admission charge; memberships usually cost $85 for a full year. To take advantage of the offer, sign up for MOCAtv by Oct. 21. The channel debuted with 10 short videos, plus advertising content inserted by YouTube's parent company, Google, that made for interesting juxtapositions on its opening day. One clip was a studio visit with Robbie Conal, the Los Angeles artist known for his radical, left-wing political posters.