After the exit of Paul Schimmel, the widely respected former chief curator at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and the subsequent resignations of all four of the museum’s artist-trustees, Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA’s director, released a statement on Friday regarding the matter, via the museum’s website. Full text after the jump.
A Message from MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch.
The recent events and board resignations at MOCA have prompted a number of critical articles about the museum.
We would like to reassure you of our commitment to extending MOCA’s legacy and international reputation as a preeminent contemporary art institution, to fulfilling the museum’s mission, and to ensuring that it has a secure future both financially and artistically.
Since MOCA was founded more than 30 years ago, contemporary art, its audience, and its context have changed dramatically. It is very exciting to see broader and more diverse audiences embrace visual art. Contemporary art has become the most exciting new cultural platform, connecting with fashion, music, design, film, performance, and community development. Los Angeles is at the heart of this creative shift. It is essential that MOCA remain progressive and at the forefront of change, as it always has been. The museum’s upcoming program is a response to and an articulation of the current art and cultural landscape today.
MOCA will present a balanced and ambitious exhibition program of both established and emerging artists, and will continue to engage growing international and local audiences and our valued supporters in a dynamic and scholarly way. Exhibitions of historical importance will remain a vital part of our program. Upcoming exhibitions include solo shows of the work of Taryn Simon, Mark Bradford, Urs Fischer, and Jeff Koons. Ambitious, historical exhibitions, such as Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962, a survey of postwar abstraction from Europe, Japan, and the United States, and Blues for Smoke, an examination of the blues aesthetic in visual art over the last fifty years, will open in October. Exhibitions on global Pop art and Latin American abstraction are in development.
We have an exceptional staff at MOCA, and with the support of the board, our members, and the many artists we engage with, we are confident that MOCA is on a sound path. The museum will continue to exhibit challenging, innovative, thought-provoking shows that will present work by the most significant artists today, inspire our audiences, and make art history.
We encourage you to visit our four outstanding current exhibitions: The Painting Factory, Ends of the Earth, Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder, and Amanda Ross-Ho. We thank you for your continued and valued support.