Baldessari, Kruger, Opie Return to LA MoCA Board; Grotjahn Joins

The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Boehm and Deborah Vankin report that artists John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie have rejoined the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s board—just as the museum, with the recent appointment of Philippe Vergne, tries to bring an end to over a year of uncertainty and financial catastrophe. In 2012, the three artists, as well as Ed Ruscha, had resigned from the board in protest against the direction the museum was taking under former director Jeffrey Deitch. While Ruscha has not returned (he’s since joined the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), LA MoCA has elected artist Mark Grotjahn to join the board as well.

“I really believe in Philippe,” said Opie. “It seems natural at this point that I come back to serve and support him as well as the other board members.” Added Baldessari, “I hope now that some of LA MoCA’s former luster can be restored. I was impressed with Philippe and want to be supportive. There's nowhere to go but up.”