MOCA LA Taps MoMA PS1 Director to Lead

  • Klaus Biesenbach

    Klaus Biesenbach

    Museum of Modern Art

After years of tumult and high turnover, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, is heading into a new chapter with a new director. Once again recruiting from New York, the oft-embattled MOCA has chosen Klaus Biesenbach, who currently leads MoMA PS1 in Queens and is curator-at-large at MoMA, as its new director.

German-native Biesenbach, 52, has courted controversy with his past exhibition on Icelandic singer Björk (2015), but is widely known as a champion of emerging artists, curator of blockbuster exhibitions, and for innovating programs. He will inherit the helm of MOCA next spring with a current endowment of over $130 million, a healthy place from a decade ago when the institution was bailed out with $30 million from billionaire art patron Eli Broad.

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