The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles is in trouble. The museum consistently runs over-budget, uses it’s endowment to cover operating costs, and needs to raise $25 million to stay afloat. Also, it’s endowment has shrunk from something around $50 million to a measly $6 million since 1999. Clearly, this ship is sinking, but according to an article in Monday’s New York Times, it can be saved. In “Here’s How to Rescue a Museum at the Brink” Arts staff writer Roberta Smith writes about the troubles facing MoCA and what the museum can do to turn this disaster around.
I’d heard a little about MOCA’s trials and tribulations – my brother Isaac Resnikoff, UCLA MFA graduate student and all around talented artist was visiting recently and updated me on all the crazy shenanigans going on down south – but I’m ashamed to admit that I wasn’t aware of MOCA’s importance in the art world until just a few weeks ago.
Maybe it’s the Northern California bias I was raised with or my persistant (and false) belief that the only thing worth visiting in the LA area is Disneyland, but I’ve never been to MOCA or even thought about it as one of the stars of the museum world. Apparently, though, I’m very, very wrong. Continue reading