photo courtesy of MOCA
The Board of Trustees of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) welcomed artist trustees John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie back to the board yesterday, after they quit in protest in 2012.
The artists are returning in a vote of confidence in the new leadership of MOCA Director Philippe Vergne, who, in his short tenure, has already helped the museum raise its endowment to an historic high of $100 million.
“I'm very excited about the prospects for MOCA with Philippe leading us and I want to be supportive,” John Baldessari stated in a press release issued by the museum yesterday.
Baldessari, Kruger, and Opie resigned from the board in July 2012, following a wave of dissatisfaction with the museum: poor communication with the board, the forced ousting of chief curator Paul Schimmel and other staff, Jeffrey Deitch's leadership and the museum's new focus on "flashier exhibitions," to name a few of their concerns.
The return of the three prominent L.A. artists to the MOCA fold comes just days before the museum hosts its 35th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, which could be significant in helping them meet their new campaign goal of $150 million.