Ed Ruscha Resigns From MOCA Board, Is Last Artist to Jump Ship
It's like the last verse of that earworm "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" when there's no more left to take down and pass around, except in this case we're talking artists serving as board members at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in L.A. Now well-known artist Ed Ruscha seems to have also opted to bail from the museum, whose change in direction has led to the unexpected departures of John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, and Catherine Opie from the Board of Trustees.
Though MOCA has not officially announced Ruscha's departure from the thinning panel, his wife seems comfortable with making the news public, as explained by the L.A. Times:
The artist's wife, Danna Ruscha, posted the following comment on the Facebook page of L.A. Times art critic Christopher Knight, beneath a piece he wrote on the pivotal role of artists in shaping MOCA historically and the warning sent by the current exodus: "Christopher Knight, Ed has resigned. i guess they haven't announced it yet."
Currently, Ruscha's name is not listed on MOCA's website for the Board of Trustees. "A museum representative has since confirmed the resignation," notes the Times. Ruscha, for his part, is out of the country.
Members of the Board began to jump ship after the firing of Chief Curator Paul Schimmel.
According to MOCA, the Board is comprised of "self-elected representatives of the public interest, and fiduciaries of the institution's resources. As such, their primary role is to encourage the realization of the museum's opportunities to present a quality program in contemporary art and culture to its diverse constituencies." With Ruscha's departure, there are no artists among those representatives.