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MOCA said to be courting LACMA for bailout

November 20, 2008 | 10:02 am

Moca_grand_ave In the wake of Wednesday's board meeting to discuss options for the fiscal crisis at the Museum of Contemporary Art, here is what I'm told the board is now prepared to do: formally approach the Los Angeles County Museum of Art about a merger, which will effectively mean a transfer of MOCA's extraordinary collection to the Mid-Wilshire complex.

And here is why that is the wrong move, simply continuing the MOCA board's callow response to a mess of its own making.

If MOCA does makes the pitch, Tyler Green at Modern Art Notes says, LACMA appears ready to make the catch.

-- Christopher Knight

A recap of MOCA headlines from earlier this week:

Other MOCA news:

MOCA facing serious financial problems

An open letter from Times Art Critic Christopher Knight to MOCA

MOCA director Jeremy Strick comments on the crisis

Highlights of MOCA’s collection

Photo: Museum of Contemporary Art