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MOCA Announces New Performance Festival, Step and Repeat

originally posted on LA Weekly by Carol Cheh
Thursday August 28, 2014

The Los Angeles art world has been saying a collective “hallelujah” since the arrival in January of Philippe Vergne as MOCA’s new director. Although some East Coast commentators condemned the appointment — citing in particular a budget crisis scandal in which Vergne resorted to selling off a number of works from Dia Art Foundation’s collection while he was director there — the French–born newcomer has been making excellent first impressions here. In interviews and public appearances, he comes across as smart, thoughtful, passionate and, most importantly, comfortable with his role as director of a major contemporary art museum.

Behind the scenes, staff members have been enthusiastic about Vergne’s sense of humor and easy camaraderie. And last month, he put the icing on the cake by appointing the highly respected Helen Molesworth as MOCA’s chief curator, restoring a position that had lain dormant since the controversial dismissal of Paul Schimmel in 2012. Schimmel was forced to resign by the MOCA board in the midst of Jeffrey Deitch’s stormy three-year tenure as director, during which rumors flew about clashes between the two strong-willed men.

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