Jeffrey Deitch to Implement MoCA’s Curatorial Vision

by Paddy Johnson on June 29, 2012 · 22 comments Opinion

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This Paul Schimmel news just keeps getting worse. News broke Wednesday night that L.A. MoCA had fired Schimmel, its chief curator, but no additional details were made public. Now ArtINFO is reporting that they won’t be replacing him. “[MOCA’s] curatorial vision will be implemented by director Jeffrey Deitch, the curatorial team, and guest curators,” a museum representative told ArtINFO.

This scares me. I don’t think Deitch Projects was quite as bad as critics make it out to be, but there’s no denying he has a proclivity for the circus. Entertainment is fine for a commercial space, but the job of curation at a major museum comes with a broader public mission. It should worry everybody that Deitch will be LA MoCA’s defining guardian of art and culture, no matter where you live.



Jennifer Chan June 29, 2012 at 5:49 pm

This is all SO WEIRD.

But…maybe you could guest curate for them? 😀

Paddy Johnson June 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I’m guessing this post will not ingratiate me!

Pablo Mustafa June 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Culture itself is doomed… But people like me will do well in this new world

Paddy Johnson June 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I don’t like the idea that this is a sign of the times.

ml242 June 29, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Or it could be a better version of deitch without crabby neighbors complaining anytime someone is outside.  But like, only for other rich people.

TODOS SOMOS PUTOS June 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Dear New York City, please take your boy back.  We didn’t want him in the first place and we sure as shit look forward to his departure.  Let him fuck up one of your museums.  Thank you. 

ml242 June 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

 Trade him plus two tacos (for me) in exchange for Klaus Biesenbach and $4 (payable to you). Deitch could only work at P.S.1 though, no MoMa proper. If he refuses this would invalidate the non taco portion of our trade.

Paddy Johnson June 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Can’t he just go back to running his gallery? Biesenbach is doing a fine job at MoMA. I don’t want to trade him. 

TODOS SOMOS PUTOS June 29, 2012 at 6:36 pm

How many tacos do you want?

Paddy Johnson June 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

I’d like to direct my tacos to Paul Schimmel. You can use them to woo him back. 

TODOS SOMOS PUTOS June 29, 2012 at 6:33 pm

How about NY takes back Deitch and keeps Biesenbach, too? (We need time to both celebrate and re-build and woo back Schimmel.) I get $ 4.50 and you can have four tacos because we need this deal to stick. 

Devin Kenny June 29, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I mean, at least it’ll be consistent though right? That is, with a more holistic approach to the institution, there’s bound to be some really interesting changes we’ll witness. I’m still mad that I and like 100,000 people had to wait outside the gates for the A/V show with Santigold though, even though the inner area boxed in by barricades was QUITE spacious. LA as the new home for the gesamtkunstwerk, not just dreamcatchers and multicolored hair, wheatgrass shots, and environmental issues.

Mark Nolden June 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

I found this Artnet article odd when I first read it &, in light of the past two days, disturbing. Particularly the last paragraph…

Art June 29, 2012 at 8:09 pm

  Billionaires of a particular stripe cannot stomach a cultural category like ‘historical value’ to exist outside of their sphere of commodification, and have the desire and resources to reformat the category of Art to their whims.  In its entirety.  And change the culture to match it.   Apple did it with the album pretty successfully. 

Brian Sherwin June 30, 2012 at 6:31 am

Deitch will end up supporting more of the artists he once represented.  In general… I don’t think former art dealers should have these positions of power within the museum world. 

Brian Sherwin June 30, 2012 at 6:35 am

Hell, even Blek le Rat suggested that he butchered the history of street art…. and yes, Deitch had professional relations with several of the artists chosen for that exhibit.  Art museums, in general, need to stop being used as art market pawns.

gregorylent June 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

unfortunate photo with this article .. stress in 3D, hope that isn’t about deitch

Gregg Woolard June 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

When Deitch did the skatebowl show here in nyc, he got punched by one of the skaters
at the opening/riot.  Hint-hint….

visionair services July 2, 2012 at 5:03 am

Culture itself is doomed… But people like me will do well in this new world

very true said bro 

Visionair123 July 2, 2012 at 5:05 am


El Fatom August 22, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Now it’s all right. It’s OK. And you may look the other way.
Do the Hustle’s Disco Anthem, “Stayin Alive: Bee Gees

MOCA “Art of the Streets”
was an exhibit of indulged hubris mixed with ignorance, as it dared
to assumed itself as the final arbiter of its own unique street art
perspective to the extreme, it defined its curatorial acts as
provincial. MOCA’s Curatorial show Art
of the Streets, which was Directed by the Good Company of Deitch, Rose and Gastman was deceptively
presented as a labyrinth which didactically lead the audience to Mecca
in its enlightened realization that its prized exhibit of Banksy,
Fairey and others were the true genius and champions of great
Contemporary Street Art.. Its exhibit halls censored one of its
exhibiting Artist in denying his social political expression, The
show never discussed its contradiction of exhibiting the censored
mural its catalogue, or perhaps its conflict of interest, denying
transparency, it withheld its secretive shame based public apologies
for infringement. Ever forgetful it omitted and never gave viable
references, sources or proper credit.
Months later its prized
Street Artist Shepard: Phoney” Fairey was later convicted in a NY
Federal Court of Law for tampering with Federal Evidence.

Articles were written about the invested holding of Deitch and
Gastman private collections which just so happen to include the very
same artist it exhibited while not including other prominent street
artists like Chaka.. THE PHANTOM STREET ARTIST wrote multiple
articles, reviews, interviews and preformed in a BUTOH dance party, in
an effort to spark debate and shed light onto these TABOO topics. The
Phantom Street Artist with one sentence revealed as a quote… “Their
attempt to survey a broad historical movement offers us a lens that is
distorted through acts of censorship as well as by sophomoric omissions
from both the exhibition’s timelines and its roster of artists. They
attempt to fabricate fictitious histories of Graffiti’s true logos
without conveying transparency and integrity, and all the while
concealing conflicts of interest.”

Art of the Streets was
provincial in its Curatorial efforts defined as being limited in
perspective; narrow and self-centered. How much more can you define
its given term of being provincial when your collection holds the
work you exhibit and collect..

El Fatom August 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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