3 artists who quit LA museum's board are returning

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 18, 2014 at 8:23 pm •  Published: March 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three of the four prominent artists who resigned from the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art after its popular curator was fired are returning to the museum, which is now under the leadership of a new director.

MOCA announced Tuesday that John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie have been elected to its board along with fellow artist Mark Grotjahn.

MOCA was embarrassed in 2012 when Baldessari, Kruger, Opie and Ed Ruscha quit in protest of the dismissal of longtime curator Paul Schimmel. The four were the only artists on the museum's board at the time.

Since their departure, the museum's director, Jeffrey Deitch, has resigned and been replaced by Philippe Vergne, who arrived this month from New York, where he was head of the Dia Art Foundation.

"I'm very excited about the prospects for MOCA with Philippe leading us and I want to be supportive," Baldessari said in a statement issued by the museum.

MOCA officials said the returning artists all helped in recruiting the new director.

Vergne arrives at a time when fortunes appear to be turning for LA's only museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art.

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