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Deitch Breaks Silence On Blu Whitewash

MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch has finally broken his silence and spoken to the Los Angeles Times over the recent whitewashing of the Blu wall commissioned for the upcoming Art in the Streets exhibition, which will be the first major US museum show featuring street art.

He explains:

This is 100% about my effort to be a good, responsible, respectful neighbor in this historic community … Out of respect for someone who is suffering from lung cancer, you don’t sit in front of them and start chain smoking.

That sounds like a false parallel. Lung cancer and veterans? I think veterans are more sensitive to the abuse of soldiers in wars based on lies and a neocon agenda (i.e. the Iraq War) than anyone, so I don’t think this is a correct comparison. I would like to know why his staff couldn’t provide this statement? Does he not trust them? How about the other curators involved in the exhibition? Do they not agree? Is Deitch the only curator?

Blu mural controversy aside, I am more afraid of what street art blogger (Wooster Collective), curator, and collector, Marc Schiller suggested by tweet today:

@RemiRough If MOCA is just a US version of the Tate show (ie safe) it’ll be a HUGE mistake on Deitch’s part. cc/ @scotinoz @hragv @vandalogless than a minute ago via web

If that’s the case then I’m afraid the MOCA show will be doomed and dull. Let’s hope it’s not. As one tweeter (@VickiRaisens) suggested:

I am capable of curating my own life/thoughts..let me have a chance to love/hate/be moved/or not please..@hragv @mocalosangelesless than a minute ago via web

In other words, isn’t art about me being able to decide what moves me and touches me? We no longer have that choice.

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