3 artists who quit MOCA art museum board are returning

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File: General view of the atmosphere at "The Artist's Museum Happening" MOCA Los Angeles Gala cocktail reception held at MOCA Grand Avenue on Nov. 13, 2010 in Los Angeles.
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The Museum of Contemporary Art says three of the four prominent artists who resigned from its board after a popular curator was fired two years ago have returned to help direct a new management team at the Los Angeles museum.

MOCA was embarrassed in 2012 when John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie and Ed Ruscha quit in protest of the dismissal of longtime curator Paul Schimmel. The four were the only artists on MOCA's board at the time.

The museum announced Monday that all but Ruscha are returning. They'll be joined by fellow artist Mark Grotjahn.

Since their departure, the museum's director, Jeffrey Deitch, has resigned and been replaced by Philippe Vergne.

Baldessari says he's particularly excited about working with Vergne, who arrived at the museum from New York earlier this month.