The New York Times now identifies Jeffrey Deitch as “the former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.” If you won’t take Carol Vogel’s word for it, maybe Wikipedia will impress you. But so far Deitch’s resignation has escaped the L.A. media because, well, it hasn’t actually happened. Deitch announced his intention to resign in July. The plan was that he would stay on “to ensure a smooth transition” and to complete the campaign to boost the museum’s endowment to $100 million. Since then, radio silence.
Is Deitch still director of MOCA? I believe he is. I can’t prove it, any more than I can prove that dogs go to heaven, but there are some things the heart feels. My faith is challenged daily by the omission of Deitch’s name from the MOCA website and the news reports of him popping up in Doha or schmoozing with Pharrell and Swizz Beatz or discoursing on Bansky’s legacy. Can a man who is omnipresent still have time to twist the arms of Westside donors?
Evidently, Deitch is MOCA’s director until someone else raises $100 million. That leaves the awkward possibility that fundraising might hit a brick wall somewhere short of the magic number. Perhaps it already has. Then what?
SPIT-TAKE UPDATE: Deitch said that he had resigned on Sept. 1.