Speaker's Biography:

Jeffrey Deitch
Director, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Jeffrey Deitch is the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Prior to his role at MOCA, he was a dealer in modern and contemporary art and an advisor to private and institutional art collectors for 35 years. Before opening his own advisory firm, Deitch was a vice president of Citibank, where he developed and managed its art advisory and art finance businesses. Previously, he was assistant director of the John Weber Gallery in New York and curator of the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass. His most ambitious curatorial project was "Post Human" at the FAE Musee d'Art Contemporain in Lausanne. His first major curatorial project at MOCA, "Art in the Streets," had the highest attendance in the museum's history. Deitch co-authored a monograph on Keith Haring and wrote the introduction to "Jean Michel Basquiat: 1981, the Studio of the Street" (2007). His commercial gallery Deitch Projects, opened in 1996, produced more than 250 projects. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

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