Los Angeles Museum Pivots Back to One Director, Johanna Burton

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles mentioned on Tuesday that Johanna Burton will change into the establishment’s sole director and the primary lady in that position, now that Klaus Biesenbach has introduced he’ll depart for Berlin to run the Neue Nationalgalerie and the adjoining Museum of the 20th Century, which is beneath improvement.

In a choice introduced final February, the museum mentioned Biesenbach, the director, would change into creative director and lead the museum together with an govt director. Burton was employed for that job earlier this month. But within the assertion on Tuesday the museum mentioned it doesn’t plan to rent one other creative director. Instead, Burton will run the museum solo starting on Nov. 1. The interim will function a transition interval.

Though temporary, the announcement seems to verify the implications of the museum’s earlier determination to divide the job as an effort to compensate for Biesenbach’s administration weaknesses.

When Burton was appointed, Maria Seferian, MOCA’s chairwoman, mentioned: “I don’t think it is one job. I think this is the right model for us right now.”

Asked about why that mannequin had now shifted again, Seferian mentioned in a phone interview: “We met the moment that we were in. There was a logic behind at the time and circumstances have changed.”

Burton’s background equips her to deal with the entire job; she is presently head of the Wexner Center for the Arts on the Ohio State University. Before that, she served because the director and curator of schooling and public engagement on the New Museum in New York; director of the graduate program on the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College; and affiliate director of the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study program.

“The museum is in excellent hands with Johanna,” the assertion mentioned, including that Burton “has the full faith and confidence of the museum to lead MOCA into the future.”