Mike Boehm of the Los Angeles Times brings us up to date on MoCA’s struggle to survive. In a meeting with the Charles Young, who was installed as the museums head, the Times was offered a glimpse of a promising future even while Young predicted grave danger was not past. If the museum makes it to November, there will be a celebration and a new beginning:
With a planned Nov. 14 celebration and a fanfare proclaiming a “MOCA renaissance,” he said, the museum will open a new exhibition of its permanent collection and, he hopes, announce “a number of very substantial” new donations of art. “We’ve made it a big date for us, and we’ve got to do something to justify that.
“At that time, hopefully, we’ll be able to say MOCA has gotten through its problems. . . . MOCA is back full bore,” Young said during a wide-ranging discussion with The Times’ arts staff Wednesday afternoon. [ . . . ] If hoped-for revenues don’t come through and the budget has to be pared nearer to $13 million, Young fears the museum will “begin to look like something other than the MOCA people have known, and which it ought to be.” At $15 million, he said, “we can probably do very well.”
MoCA Sees a New Beginning Near Year’s End (Los Angeles Times)