MOCA Loses Another Curator, With No Plans to Replace Her

by Kyle Chayka on January 15, 2013

Rebecca Morse (Image via

Rebecca Morse (Image via

The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art is losing even more staff, though rather than firing legendary curator Paul Schimmel, this time, associate curator Rebecca Morse is leaving the institution of her own free will.

At MOCA, Morse curated exhibitions featuring artists like Taryn Simon, Amanda Ross-Ho, and Florian Maier-Aichen. She is moving on to an associate curator position at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s photography department. The curator begins her new gig on February 1. We’re happy Morse is moving on to bigger and better things, but MOCA is going to be worse off for her departure — museum staff stated that there were no plans to replace the curator, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Though the institution at first said that they would not replace former chief curator Paul Schimmel, MOCA announced in August of last year that they would find a new curatorial lead. Schimmel’s absence and Morse’s departure leave only two curators left at the museum, Alma Ruiz and Bennett Simpson. Two curators remaining at one of California’s most significant contemporary art institutions. One wonders how much time they have left.

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