Jeffrey Deitch’s LA MoCA has quietly seen three important defections from the business side recently. The Los Angeles Times outlines the problems:
Gary Cypres, who joined MOCA’s board last summer to chair its finance committee, said he resigned in late January or early February but declined to give a reason. He said his wife, Kathi,who joined the board in 2008, remains a trustee. […]
David M. Galligan, who was second in command to Deitch, with oversight of business operations, left in February, according to his profile on LinkedIn, an online professional networking site. Galligan had assumed the new position of executive vice president and chief operating officer in early April 2011. He did not respond to requests for comment.
Deitch was a noted art dealer before being hired to lead MOCA; sources said Galligan had been brought aboard to compensate for Deitch’s lack of experience in managing large, nonprofit organizations.
When MOCA announced Galligan’s appointment 11 months ago, Deitch cited his “real business-like approach” through more than 30 years as a consultant and an executive at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.[…]
Sarah Sullivan, former director of development, or head fundraiser, confirmed that she had left in December. She previously had been executive director of development at CalArts.