The reshuffling will also enact the following changes:
- Amanda Hunt will now hold the dual position of director of education and senior curator of programs;
- Senior curator Bennett Simpson will hold the new position of senior curator and administrative department head;
- Anna Katz has been promoted from associate curator to curator.
While it’s not unheard of for a contemporary art museum to favor a curatorial model with several voices in the mix rather than one domineering vision, it is significant that MOCA has been without a person in charge of programming. Its last chief curator, Helen Molesworth, was fired
Phillip Vergne for what he described as “creative differences”—though artist Catherine Opie
, a MOCA board member, said Vergne ousted her because he thought she was “undermining the museum.”
by Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times
revealed that Molesworth was pushing back against Verge’s insistence that the museum stage a show of work by Mark Grotjahn
, the artist and MOCA board member who had previously declined to be honored at the museum’s annual gala because he would have been the fourth white man in a row to get the nod.
Prior to that, during a lecture at UCLA, Molesworth said
, “I don’t think there’s any way for MOCA to not be a white space. Not gonna happen. The DNA is too deep. We don’t have anyone of color on our board.”
In his comments to the L.A. Times, Biesenbach emphasized that the many-pronged approach to programming, along with the addition of Locks’s voice, will allow for a more diverse slate of shows. “Because we talk about multiplicity, we talk about diversity,” he said.