Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Jeffrey Deitch is preparing for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ fund-raising gala and the year ahead, but took the time to share the art around his own trendy home in L.A. with the public.
Company: Museum of Contemporary Art
What Made Him Haute: The Harvard MBA graduate and ex-vice president of Citibank is a central figure in the art world, dealing in modern and contemporary art and serving as an art advisor to private and institutional art collectors. The former New York gallerist and owner of Deitch Projects jumped coast to become MOCA’s new director this year, making him the first art dealer to run a major American museum.
What Makes Him Haute Now: It’s the season for socials and patrons of the art world to make appearances and open their wallets, and this year, L.A.’s finest will flock to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles on Nov. 13, for its 31st annual gala. Coinciding with the museum’s exhibition, “The Artist’s Museum,” featuring 140 local artists, MOCA Grand Avenue will welcome art exhibitions, fine dining, musical performances, lights and architecture for its arts philanthropy gala, “The Artist’s Museum Happening.”
Sponsored by Chanel Fine Jewelry, the event will feature performances by artist Doug Aitken, musicians Beck, Devendra Banhart and Caetano Veloso. Famous faces such as actresses Chloë Sevigny and Sandra Oh are expected to be in attendance, as are many of MOCA’s trustees, whose board members include Darren Star, Peter Brant, Lauren King, Timothy Leiweke, Victor Pinchuk, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Jamie Tisch.
“The Artist’s Museum Happening, MOCA’s annual gala, created in collaboration with LA artist Doug Aitken, celebrates a convergence of art, design, architecture, fashion, music, and performance — a reflection of the creative fabric of the city of Los Angeles,” Jeffrey Deitch, MOCA Director, says. “I am grateful for the generous support of Chanel, the gala chairs, co-chairs, dinner chairs, honorary co-chairs, and gala guests for this year’s gala, the museum’s major annual fundraising event.”
Deitch, who majored in art at Wesleyan University, recently moved from his homely New York apartment to a Spanish Revival mans in trendy Los Feliz, is giving the world a glimpse of his “movie star” house, owned by Cary Grant in the 1930s, and decorated with the likes of artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Richard Woods, Aaron Young, and Andy Warhol.
Deitch is busy preparing MOCA’s Geffen wing for a survey of street art, which visitors can expect to see in 2011.