MOCA to Welcome new Director Philippe Vergne at Annual Gala


It’s the start of a new era at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Philippe Vergne officially filled Jeffrey Deitch‘s shoes earlier this month when he became MOCA’s newest Director. To celebrate, the museum will welcome Vergne at its annual gala on March 29.

This year’s fete will not only present Vergne to Los Angeles, but will also celebrate the museum’s 35th anniversary and the opening of the exhibition Mike Kelley. 

Guests at the Louis Vuitton-sponsored gala will enjoy a cocktail reception and preview of the highly anticipated Los Angeles homecoming retrospective Mike Kelley, the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to-date, and the first comprehensive survey since 1993, bringing together over 250 works from the 1970’s through 2012 at The Geffen Contemporary.

A special gala dinner will follow the reception, where the likes of Maurice Marciano, Lilly Tartikoff Karatz and Eli Broad, Larry Gagosian, Fred Armisen,  Jane Fonda, Liz Goldwyn, Riley Keough, Ryan Seacrest, Chloë Sevigny, Dita Von Teese, Rachel Zoe, Dasha Zhukova, Roman Abramovich, Mark Bradford, Kim Gordon, Barbara Kruger, T. Kelly Mason, Paul McCarthy, Cathy Opie, RETNA, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Diana Thater, Francesco Vezzoli, Marnie Weber and Jim Shaw will welcome Vergne.

Prior to his role at MOCA, Vergne most recently served a five-year tenure as director of the Dia Art Foundation. He was also the Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Director of the Francois Pinault Foundation in Paris and as Director of the Musée d’art Contemporain (MAC) in Marseille, France.

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