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MOCA to Bring in New Chief Curator
« on: August 10, 2012, 04:35:13 AM »
Amid escalating tension from within, and heightened media attention, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has decided to reverse course on an earlier decision to leave the post of chief curator open after Paul Schimmel resigned in June.
In a letter to trustees, MOCA’s executive committee said, “In the past weeks we have witnessed considerable media attention and criticism directed at MOCA and its leadership, particularly at our director.” They will hire a new chief curator to “enable us to continue to strengthen this institution with the resources necessary for the director to succeed.”
The executive committee said they “wanted to ensure we had the necessary financial commitments in place for a special curatorial fund to endow the position.” They said in the letter that once funding was secured, a committee will be placed for candidate selection, the letter said.
According to Bloomberg, Schimmel earned $259,680 with benefits in 2011. Current director Jeffrey Deitch earned $649,621 in 2011. In a July letter posted to the MOCA website, Deitch wrote, “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.”
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