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MOCA postpones announcement of its new director

January 10, 2010 | 10:09 pm

MOCA The art world will have to wait longer than anticipated to find out who will be the next director of L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art.

The presentation that had been set for Monday at 10:30 a.m. at MOCA's Grand Avenue headquarters has been postponed, with no new date or time given in the e-mailed notice that MOCA sent out shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday.

Among the names circulating for  the MOCA job are Jeffrey Deitch, a New York art dealer; Lisa Phillips director of the New Museum in New York, and Lars Nittve, former director of London’s Tate Modern, now with the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.

The reason given for the postponement is that MOCA's announcement, which was set on Friday, has come into conflict with an unexpected late-morning news conference hastily called by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday night to announce the appointment of a new deputy mayor who will take charge of the city's desperate finances.

Stay tuned to Culture Monster for further developments.

-- Mike Boehm

Related:

MOCA may go in a new direction

Photo: MOCA on Grand Avenue. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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