Former LA Weekly writer Tom Christie says that Jeffery Deitch is moving back to New York to open a gallery. LA Weekly itself seems to confirm the news:
The Museum of Contemporary Art has formed a search committee for a new director to replace Jeffrey Deitch, sources tell B.L.A.T.C.. Deitch, meawhile, has reportedly been on a search himself in recent weeks – for both an apartment and a gallery space on New York’s Upper East Side. Whether leaving on his own accord or pushed out remains unclear, but it can’t much matter anymore to the self-described “embattled” director.
At least one potential member of the search committee received a personal request by phone from Eli Broad, thus ending speculation (or perhaps wishful thinking) that Broad had enough going on elsewhere – such as at his own museum going up across the street — to now leave MOCA to its own devices. But the board has not shown itself to be particularly deft on or off the phone, and Mr. Broad is not prone to leave any institution that has benefited from his generosity to its own devices, however capable.
MOCA staffers – what’s left of them at any rate – are said to have been informed of Deitch’s impending departure on Friday. A public announcement is expected any day, one that may include news of at least one other departure, that of a prominent Trustee.
Jeffrey Deitch Leaving MoCA (LA Weekly)