Some sad news out of the still-struggling Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, as it’s been announced that there has been another sweep of layoffs, 17 in all, including perhaps the most high-profile pink slip going to Brooke Hodge, the museum’s long-time curator of architecture and design. Hodge was responsible, among many other things during her tenure, for the exhibition, “Frank O. Gehry: Work in Progress” and we perhaps was most recently famous for going bargain hunting with Philippe Starck. The museum, reports Architect’s Newspaper, has also cancelled it’s upcoming Morphosis exhibition. Here’s a bit about what this all might mean:
The move has spurred anxiety in the Los Angeles design community, where questions have been raised about MOCA’s commitment to architecture. “It’s a real disappointment,” said Chris Alexander, curator of architecture and design at The Getty, which — despite 25 percent staff cuts throughout that museum (none in architecture though) — remains one of a precious few institutions with architecture departments in the city.