Is Mr. Deitch heading to LA?

It’s all over the Internet, so I may as well throw in my two cents here on The Slog. The big news is that tomorrow morning the Museum of Contemporary Art here in Los Angeles will announce Jeffrey Deitch as its new director. Yes, that Jeffrey Deitch. This is quite a coup for an art institution that was on the brink of financial collapse in 2008. It’s also quite a coup for Los Angeles. The art world’s center of gravity is shifting, as it has been for many years, and NYC is no longer the default city for art in the United States.

The buzz on the web seems to question if a director used to working in a commercial gallery can thrive  in the non-profit world of museums. Honestly, I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. Deitch is  savvy and shrewd, and he can handle it. The really big question is what the heck will happen to Deitch Project’s three gallery locations in NYC? If they close up, there will be a huge gaping hole in the New York art world and that would be sad. Or will he appoint a successor before he heads to LA?

UPDATE: As of 11:04 am Monday morning, MoCA announces Deitch as its new director. This is exciting! The people worried about the precious world of museums being sullied by the world of commerce need to quit kvetching. This is a good move.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on January 11, 2010.

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