Jeffrey Deitch is taking his funky, owlish spectacles--and the spectacle that surrounded his tenure as director of MOCA--and returning to New York. The official announcement should come tomorrow and Dietch should be gone by the end of the month. Though the breakup has been rumored to be in the works for a while, the question is who dumped who?
LA Weekly reports that it was the embattled museum director who made the announcement to MOCA board members on Friday, and according to B.L.A.T.C. (the blog of former LA Weekly features editor Tom Christie), Deitch is already hunting for a new apartment and gallery on New York’s Upper East Side.
Deitch, a prominent NYC art dealer, arrived at MOCA in January of 2010 amid high hopes--and some reservations. He leaves a museum with an uncertain future, a skeleton staff, and a lot of ill will amid the departure of chief curator Paul Schimmel and all four artist-trustees (Barbara Kruger, Catherine Opie, John Baldessari, and Ed Ruscha).
Word is that MOCA has already begun the search for a new director of the museum.