Ann Goldstein has resigned as director of Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, effective Dec. 1. As Tyler Green points out, this is sure to raise speculation about a return to MOCA.
Goldstein was born in Los Angeles and worked at MOCA for 26 years(!), assuming the post of senior curator from 2001 to 2009. The Stedelijk press release says “Ms. Goldstein indicated that her work at the Stedelijk Museum is now done and that the museum is poised for a new Artistic Director to lead it into the future.” That’s the usual press release language that doesn’t really say anything. Needless to say, MOCA is looking for a director (as is the Hirshhorn for that matter).
My initial reactions:
• The current MOCA board may be too dumb to want Goldstein, and Goldstein may be too smart to want the MOCA board.
• On the other hand, MOCA’s new director will be sitting on a $100 million endowment (so we’re told), and the opening of the Broad ought to divert Eli Broad’s attention from MOCA. What’s not to like?