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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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ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Mike Boehm and Deborah Vankin
In naming Philippe Vergne, a seasoned career museum professional, as its new director, L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has opted for fundamentals instead of glitz. Vergne, 47, arrives with credentials that include more than 20 years running museums or curating under museum auspices. Since 2008, he's been director of the Dia Art Foundation, overseeing a museum on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, N.Y., with occasional exhibitions in New York City. The Dia's collection also includes some of the world's most prominent examples of land art - Walter De Maria's “The Lightning Field” in the New Mexico high desert and Robert Smithson's “Spiral Jetty,” jutting from the shore of Utah's Great Salt Lake.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
Twenty venues around Southern California will offer free admission on Jan. 25 as part of the annual Museums Free-for-All program. Participating museums include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Orange County Museum of Art. The offer is valid for general museum admission only, organizers said, and may not apply to special ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each venue. RELATED: Big weekend on tap for art, and that's just the beginning The free day can offer substantial savings for families.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art has reached its goal of a $100-million endowment, and museum leaders say they'll keep their fundraising campaign going with a new objective of $150 million. A written announcement listed 29 donations from individuals, couples or foundations, all but two of them from board members, their foundations or their families. The campaign also has elicited an unspecified number of anonymous gifts. MOCA provided no further details about the amounts.  TIMELINE: MOCA in flux Museum leaders also said it's possible, but not certain, that MOCA facilities will be named in honor of the campaign's top donors.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Leaders of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art say a campaign launched less than 10 months ago to quintuple its endowment to $100 million has met its goal, prompting them to keep the campaign going with a new goal of $150 million. They see the achievement as a turning point after five years of financial instability that has led to budget and staffing cuts, including a winnowing of the curatorial staff from eight to the current two through layoffs or resignations.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger helped his girlfriend L'Wren Scott celebrate her holiday collection with Banana Republic at a launch party Tuesday night at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. [Examiner] Adam Levine, named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," expects to take a lot of ribbing from his Maroon 5 bandmates. [People] Pippa Middleton tried out the sheer-gown trend that's becoming ubiquitous on runways, wearing a semi-sheer black embroidered dress to the Sugarplum Ball in London on Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
IMAGE
November 10, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Sharon Stone hosted the 8th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts luncheon, honoring artists Lita Albuquerque, Helen Pashgian, Nancy Rubins and Betye Saar. An Academy Award nominee for "Casino," Stone recently portrayed Linda Lovelace's mother in the film "Lovelace. " The fashion show: More than an awards ceremony, the Wednesday affair at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel culminated in a fashion show by Just One Eye, a Los Angeles boutique co-founded by Paola Russo with an eclectic selection from well-known luxury designers and rising stars.
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