Dear MOCA Supporter,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), we are pleased to share with you the news that Jeffrey Deitch has been appointed as the museum's new director, effective June 1.
Jeffrey Deitch is one of New York's leading gallerists, specializing in modern and contemporary art. During his 30-year career as an independent curator, Jeffrey has produced innovative exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide. He has also served as an art advisor to premier institutional and private collectors, building a number of major international contemporary art collections. Highly educated and experienced in art finance practices, Jeffrey will provide critical oversight for MOCA to advance its groundbreaking programming and enable the museum to thrive for years to come as the foremost institution of contemporary art.
Since 1996, Jeffrey has operated Deitch Projects, a renowned public gallery with three New York locations that has presented more than 250 exhibitions, performances, and installations by contemporary artists. His unique combination of an innovative curatorial vision, keen business acumen, and passion for contemporary art sets the stage for his leadership of MOCA. As a devoted MOCA patron, you can anticipate that under Jeffrey's stewardship you will continue to enjoy a dynamic and thought-provoking museum experience that is only found at MOCA.
Jeffrey Deitch will succeed Dr. Charles E. Young, who was named MOCA chief executive officer in December 2008 when the museum was facing serious challenges. A widely respected leader with great dedication to preserving MOCA as an invaluable asset to the city of Los Angeles and the art world, Dr. Young worked closely with the Board of Trustees to restore stability and energy and strengthen the foundation of this prominent cultural center that serves thousands of visitors each year. We are deeply grateful for Dr. Young's leadership in guiding MOCA through this pivotal transition and for successfully repositioning the museum to attract an outstanding new director.
On the heels of the recent addition of 10 new MOCA trustees, this historic appointment continues the momentum of the MOCA NEW 30th Anniversary Campaign and Gala in November, which 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. We have been honored by the unwavering loyalty of friends like you who have sustained MOCA during this milestone year and helped make this remarkable turnaround possible.
With your dedicated support, 2009 became a year of unprecedented success for MOCA and gives Jeffrey Deitch the platform to take the museum to heightened levels of innovation and new programming. He is eager to meet you in the months ahead and excited to share a bright future at MOCA with our dynamic community. All of us at the museum appreciate your continuing commitment to this world-class institution, and we hope to enjoy your deepening involvement as we make new history for MOCA.
Our deepest thanks and best wishes to you in the New Year,