What MOCA really needs
L.A. city officials need to step in; replacing the museum's board and top executives would be a good first step.
By Tim Rutten, The Los Angeles Times
The Museum of Contemporary Art is more than a civic cultural treasure. Along with its Grand Avenue neighbor—the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the brilliant Esa-Pekka Salonen—it has become one of the essential windows on the restless, searching, cosmopolitan creativity of this city's 21st century spirit.
That's why the financial collapse that currently threatens to engulf and destroy—or irrevocably alter—MOCA is, even in these desperate times, a problem that requires immediate attention from Los Angeles' elected officials. The city has a strong interest in the museum. Though its governing board is made up of private individuals, and private philanthropy has provided its endowment, the city has played a crucial role in MOCA since its inception 30 years ago....
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Here’s How to Rescue a Museum at the Brink
By Roberta Smith, The New York Times
The first thing to be said about the fiscal crisis facing the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, horrendous as it is, is that it could be a lot worse. The museum regularly overran its budget and dipped into its endowment to cover operating costs, which is scandalously irresponsible.
But let’s keep some perspective. The museum needs to raise roughly $25 million and embrace a new strategy to stabilize itself. And it can do it.
This institution has to be born again, wrestled into a new phase of its marvelous history by the people who brought it into being in the first place, with help from the rest of the art world....
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