Published on Monday, July 23, 2012
Which Way, L.A.?
Another salvo has been fired in the erupting war for control of the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles. Today, artist Ed Ruscha resigned from the board of MOCA, becoming the latest and the final of four artists who've stepped down, all angry and frustrated with the way the museum's being run. That after the forced resignation three weeks ago of MOCA's long-time and well-regarded curator. Is this just a local power struggle or a battle over the future of art? Who does a museum serve -- its elite board, its budget, or the public? Guest host Lisa Napoli explores the clash of tradition and the economic reality of art in these troubled times. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry looks at the "dark money" in political campaigns.
Banner image: Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by KyleTsui/flickr
Four years ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art was on the brink of financial disaster. MOCA Trustee Eli Broad ponied up tens of millions of dollars to save it and installed a controversial new director to steward the place into the future. Since gallerist Jeffrey Deitch came to town, critics have opposed his leadership as too driven by flash and commercialism. He's reportedly been at odds from the start with MOCA's Paul Schimmel, who was pushed out three weeks ago from his $235,000 a year job.