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MOCA names Jeffrey Deitch as new director




Art dealer Jeffrey Deitch will head the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Art dealer Jeffrey Deitch will head the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
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Picture this: LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art has named veteran art dealer Jeffrey Deitch as director, a position open for more than a year. The museum’s last leader, Jeremy Strick, resigned in 2008 in the midst of a financial meltdown. The highly respected, 30-year-old institution was on the verge of bankruptcy, until it took a $30 million bailout from its chairman, billionaire Eli Broad. Deitch is the first art dealer/gallery owner to assume leadership of a major U.S. museum. Will his commercial credentials be good for the non-profit?

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Jeffrey Deitch, incoming director, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles

Maria Bell, MOCA co-chair