John Baldessari Resigns From MOCA L.A. Board

Baldessari at the 2011 MOCA gala. (Courtesy Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Artist John Baldessari has told the Los Angeles Times that he is stepping down from the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. In an interview with the paper he said that “to live with my conscience I just had to do it.”

Late last month, MOCA’s chief curator, Paul Schimmel, departed the museum. The Times has reported that the board forced him out. At the time, Mr. Baldessari described Mr. Schimmel as “a major curator—the breadth and depth of the shows were always amazing, and very important in the art world.” Mr. Baldessari joined the museum’s board in 2000.