Welcome to LA Mr. Deitch, New Director for MOCA

Los Angeles—Following a worldwide search, the Board of Trustees of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), announced today it has voted unanimously to appoint Jeffrey Deitch as the museum’s new director, effective June 1.

Deitch [DIEtsch], 57, is one of New York’s leading gallerists, specializing in modern and contemporary art, and he has a 30-year career as an independent curator who has produced innovative exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world. As an art advisor to some of the world’s leading institutional and private collectors, he has helped build a number of major international contemporary art collections. He also advised Mori Building Company in Tokyo on the development of the Mori Art Museum and the Roppongi Hills Public Art Design Project.

“Jeffrey Deitch is the perfect fit for MOCA New, and he has the vision and energy to make the museum the world’s preeminent contemporary arts institution,” said Board Co-Chair Maria Bell and co-chair of the Board’s search committee. “Jeffrey lives, eats, sleeps, and breathes art. He is passionate about contemporary art and is committed to the future of MOCA.”

Deitch’s hiring caps a comeback year for MOCA, one marked by the addition of 10 new trustees, a successful MOCA NEW 30th Anniversary Gala in November that drew more than 1,000 international, national, and local celebrities, collectors, artists, and patrons and raised more than $4 million, bringing the museum’s one-year fundraising total to $64 million.

Deitch will succeed Charles E. Young, who was named MOCA chief executive officer in December 2008 following the resignation of director Jeremy Strick.

Eli Consilvio