L.A. NATIVE TO TAKE OVER AT MOCA.Byline: Daily News
The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district of Los Angeles, California, located close to the geographic center of the metropolitan area. The sprawling, multi-centered megacity is such that its downtown core is often considered just another district like Hollywood or on Monday named Jeremy Strick, curator of 20th-century painting and sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago Art Institute of Chicago, museum and art school, in Grant Park, facing Michigan Ave. It was incorporated in 1879; George Armour was the first president. Since 1893 the Institute has been housed in its present building, designed in the Italian Renaissance style by , as its new director.
Strick will succeed Richard Koshalek, who during his 15-year tenure built the museum into one of the nation's largest showcases of contemporary art.
``Richard Koshalek has done a phenomenal job and we are sad to see him leave,'' said Audrey Irmas, chairwoman of MOCA's board of trustees board of trustees Politics The posse of thugs who oversee an institution's administration. See Board of directors. . ``He built a great museum in a great city. Fortunately with Jeremy Strick, we have found someone who possesses similar skills, with an energy level and enthusiasm that will take MOCA MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art
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Strick, 43, is a Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. native who has been curator of modern art at the St. Louis Museum of Art and associate curator of 20th-century art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Strick, who will begin work July 1, will be MOCA's third director. Pontus Hulten, the founding director, resigned in 1983. Koshalek, who joined MOCA in 1980 as deputy director and chief curator, succeeded Hulten that year.
David Laventhol, who headed the search committee, said Strick was the committee's unanimous choice following a yearlong global search.
Strick's appointment follows the recent completion of a $25 million capital campaign that will bring MOCA's endowment to $50 million.