In a message from the new MOCA CEO sent to Museum members, Charles E. Young announces, “The museum is decreasing staff by 20% and cutting operating expenses to allow us to finish this year in the black and achieve annualized savings of approximately $4.4 million. Expense reductions extend across the institution, but facilities, marketing, and programming have been most affected. Thirty-two jobs (16 full-time and 16 part-time) will be eliminated across the museum. This reduction in staff will allow for MOCA to maintain a smaller yet still dynamic exhibition and education program.”
LAT’s Culture Monster reports, however, that the largest staff reductions were in the curatorial support, educational and development departments. I heard that the education department was hit the hardest, and four curatorial support positions were lost. In addition, the library assistant was also laid off.
LAT’s Culture Monster is also reporting that several members of the board have left. “Nine of the 35 trustees who were on the board last fall before the museum’s near-collapse have since resigned.”
For those of you wondering what happened to recently departed director, Jeremy Strick, he’s landed at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas. It’s reported in the Dallas Morning News with some reactions in a follow-up piece. (LAT’s Culture Monster also has the story) (UPDATE: See what Taras Matla has to say about this at 20 Minutes into the Future.)
Dan Graham: Beyond, February 15–May 25, 2009, Grand Avenue
“The work of Dan Graham has been central to the development of art since the 1960s—from the rise of minimalism, conceptualism, and video and performance art to explorations of architecture and the culture of rock and roll. Don’t miss the Members’ Opening on Saturday, February 14”