January 5, 2011

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art censures and destroys beautiful mural

Filed under: art, politics — skeptisys @ 11:56 am

Jeffrey Deitch is Director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and giant Douche-tard.  Deitch, whose art collection includes an MBA from Harvard and many years as VP at CitiBank, is attempting to Disneyfy all fine art – reducing it to a simple financial profit/loss statement cleansed of all artistic or intellectual message so it will appeal to the largest number of people.  One manner in which Deitch ensures his art is similar to the crappy bland predictable Disney movies is by direct censorship.

Below is the powerful mural by artist Blu.  Beneath that is the mural being painted over in white paint under instructions from Herr Deitch-tard.

censored mural by artist Blu



censorship in action

What possible excuse could there be for such ugly censorship?  In MOCA’s own PR words:

For his work on the museum’s exterior wall, Blu created a massive panorama of coffins draped in one dollar bills — a provocative image considering that the wall faces an L.A. Veterans’ Affairs Hospital, as well as the so-called Go For Broke monument, which honors Japanese-American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.  According to a statement issued by MOCA, “The museum’s director explained to Blu that in this context, where MOCA is a guest among this historic Japanese American community, the work was inappropriate.”

Wait WTF?  This art has nothing to do with Japan or WWII.  Nor is it an attack on American soldiers.  (even if it were about Japanese soldiers, such censorship would still be despicable)    Does Deitch actually believe that all people who once served in a military must necessarily believe that all wars are just, to the point that any other suggestion would be such an horrible offense that censorship is needed?  What a giant Douche-tard!

As an aside: multiple news articles written at the time Deitch took over at MOCA early in 2010 discuss the issues with his potential financial conflicts, including the New York Times and LA Times.  Here is another from culturegrrl.

More photos of the mural here.

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