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Another salvo has been fired in the erupting war for control of the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles. Today, artist Ed Ruscha resigned from the board of MOCA, becoming the latest and the final of four artists who've stepped down, all angry and frustrated with the way the museum's being run. That after the forced resignation three weeks ago of MOCA's long-time and well-regarded curator. Is this just a local power struggle or a battle over the future of art? Who does a museum serve -- its elite board, its budget, or the public? Guest host Lisa Napoli explores the clash of tradition and the economic reality of art in these troubled times. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry looks at the "dark money" in political campaigns.

Banner image: Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by KyleTsui/flickr

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis

Main Topic 'Dark Money' in the 2012 Presidential Campaign 19 MIN, 13 SEC

167x120 image for tp120716big_money_and_secretWith billions of dollars flowing more freely than ever before into the nation's political process, has the US reached the point where money is all that matters when it comes to elections? The balance of power between big money, much of it anonymous, and the average voter is stretched more tightly than ever before thanks to recent court rulings that have chipped away at campaign finance reform and transparency.

Guests:
Ken Vogel, Politico.com (@kenvogel)
Bob Biersack, Center for Responsive Politics (@OpenSecretsDC)
David Keating, Club for Growth (@campaignfreedom)

Main Topic What's the Future of Art and MOCA? 30 MIN, 8 SEC

Four years ago, the Museum of Contemporary Art was on the brink of financial disaster. MOCA Trustee Eli Broad ponied up tens of millions of dollars to save it and installed a controversial new director to steward the place into the future. Since gallerist Jeffrey Deitch came to town, critics have opposed his leadership as too driven by flash and commercialism. He's reportedly been at odds from the start with MOCA's Paul Schimmel, who was pushed out three weeks ago from his $235,000 a year job.

Guests:
Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Contributor, 'Art Talk'
Laura Zucker, Los Angeles County Arts Commission (@lazucker)
Carolina Miranda, independent cultural journalist (@cmonstah)
Diana Thater, artist

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