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L.A. MOCA’s “Fire at the Disco” Has Not Been Cancelled, Says Museum Rep

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This morning, a rumor started swirling on Twitter than the embattled Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles cancelled its planned disco-themed exhibition, “Fire at the Disco.” Not so, a rep tells ARTINFO. “Fire in the Disco is and will continue to be in development, as previously indicated by the museum,” a museum spokesperson tells us. Whether that is a bad or a good thing may depend on your feelings toward LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, who has been tapped to curate.

The rumor can be sourced back to a tweet from Wall Street Journal reporter Kelly Crow, who wrote, “I’m told @MOCAlosangeles canceled its disco show yesterday. Will Deitch be next? I’m listening.” Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that former MOCA CEO Charles Young formally asked life trustee Eli Broad to consider removing Deitch from the position of director.

Artist John Baldessari has said that news of the disco exhibition was the final straw in his decision to resign from the museum’s board. “When I heard about that disco show I had to read it twice. At first I thought ‘this is a joke’ but I realized, no, this is serious. That just reaffirmed my decision,” he said.

Let’s be clear, though: Considering how quickly things are changing at MOCA, anything could happen. Dates for the show have yet to be announced, and no press release has been issued to provide additional details.

Julia Halperin

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