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MOCA board to dine and deliberate

November 25, 2008 |  7:01 pm

Sign pointing the way to MOCA's Grand Avenue building reflects a passerby

If an army marches on its stomach, why shouldn't the same be true of the museum board whose mission is to recapture the economic high ground for L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art?

With MOCA's board under pressure to right the respected but fiscally foundering museum, trustee Rosette Delug said that she had invited the whole gang of about 30 board members to her Beverly Hills home this evening for a dinner and discussion of the options for making money appear -- presumably including Eli Broad's offer to make a $30-million "investment" in MOCA's rescue.

"Tonight we're going to go over all those and see what we can come up with," Delug said. "It's an easier thing to do in a home atmosphere rather than the boardroom.... We can brainstorm and troubleshoot in a more relaxed atmosphere, without staff present -- just us." The hostess said that despite Thanksgiving travel schedules, she was expecting "a pretty good representation" of the board to attend and try to hash things out "over a lot of wine and good food."

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: A sign pointing the way to MOCA's Grand Avenue building reflects a passerby.

Photo Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times