Jeffrey Deitch, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, has had a rough few months, with numerous board members—including every artist board member—resigning after the exit of chief curator Paul Schimmel in June. But Randy Kennedy of The New York Times reports that things are looking up for the former New York dealer, who has apparently secured the highflying entertainment agent Ari Emanuel as the latest member of his board. The scoop is in the paper’s online ArtsBeat column.
Mr. Emanuel, who serves as the co-chief executive of William Morris Endeavor and who was the inspiration for Entourage‘s Ari Gold (some of his best moments are recorded in this handy 10-minute YouTube video compilation), is the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who, incidentally, was spotted at the Expo Chicago art fair this weekend. His other brother, Ezekiel Emanuel, is a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. (The Times ran a great profile of them back in 1997 and declared, “Of the three brothers, Rahm is the most famous, Ari is the richest and Zeke, over time, will probably be the most important.”)
Mr. Kennedy notes that Ari is not known as an art collector, but he “helped the museum establish MOCAtv, a dedicated YouTube art channel that began operating on Monday.”
Can’t wait to see if Mr. Deitch has anyone else up his sleeve!
Update, 4 p.m.: MOCA has officially announced that Mr. Emanuel will join its board. Maurice Marciano, the co-founder of Guess Jeans, will also join.