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LA MOCA Expands Board, Welcomes Five New Members

The director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Klaus Biesenbach, who took the helm of the institution only three weeks ago, is expanding the museum’s board. The institution announced today that it has welcomed five new members: Adrian Cheng, Marina Kellen French, Simon Mordant, Sean Parker, and Julia Stoschek. Three of the additions are also board members at MoMA PS1 in New York, where Biesenbach served as director from 2009 until this past October.

“I am humbled and grateful to welcome five extraordinary philanthropists, leading art specialists, and pioneering supporters of the arts and social causes to the board of MOCA,” said Biesenbach. “Each, in their own way, brings a unique knowledge and experience to the Board that will broaden and strengthen the growth of the museum going forward.”

Cheng joins LA MOCA’s board from Hong Kong, where he founded the K11 Art Foundation and serves as executive chairman and general manager of New World Development and as executive director of the Chow Tai Fook Capital Limited. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Museum of China Foundation, the director of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum Funds, and a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts. He is also a member of Tate’s Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee.

French, the vice president of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the president of the Marina Kellen French Foundation, comes to LA MOCA from New York. The philanthropist has been a trustee of the Metropolitan Opera and on the trustee council of the National Gallery in Washington, DC, for thirty-eight years. She also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Carnegie Hall, and is a life trustee of the Morgan Library and Museum.

Mordant is the cofounder and executive cochairman of the Sydney, Australia–based investment banking firm and an avid collector of contemporary art. He is chairman of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, a former director of MoMA PS1, and a member of the Tate and the Museum of Modern Art International Councils. He also twice served as Australia’s commissioner at the Venice Biennale.

Parker, chairman of the Parker Institute on Cancer Immunotherapy, is an entrepreneur and contemporary art collector. Together with his wife, Alexandra Parker, he founded the Parker Foundation in 2015, which focuses on large-scale systemic changes in life sciences, global public health, and civic engagement.

Stoschek is the founder of the Dusseldorf- and Berlin-based Julia Stoschek Collection, which comprises more than eight hundred works of time-based, performance, and installation art from the 1960s onward; a philanthropist; and an active shareholder in Brose Group, an international car parts company. She also serves as vice chair of the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art and is a member of the acquisition committee at Kunstsammlung NRW, Duesseldorf; Tate Council, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Shortly after assuming his post at the museum, Biesenbach outlined some of his goals in an interview with Deborah Vankin of the Los Angeles Times. As director, he will prioritize developing a vision for the institution; aligning the board, staff, and other constituencies with that vision; and organizing programming that better reflects the diversity of the city. “At MoMA PS1 I brought in under-represented and under-recognized art forms, like media and performance, and under-represented or under-recognized artists, like Reza Abdoh or Carolee Schneemann. So that’s something I see as a mission at MOCA.”