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Gerard O'Brien

Gerard O’Brien

Gerard is the owner of two Los Angeles-based galleries: Reform, which specializes in handcrafted California Modern furnishings, and The Landing, which shows fine art. He has lectured widely on California Modern art and design; his live appearances include talks at the Palm Springs Desert Museum, LACMA and the Craft in America reading room. In 2006, Reform hosted an exhibition of furnishings by R.M. Schindler and in 2005 it mounted the exhibition CA Design, which showcased works by thirty artist-craftsmen made between 1956 and 1976. Gerard organized a show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (on Tanya Aguiniga) and curated a show at Blum and Poe gallery (on J. B. Blunk).

Phillipe Vergne

Philippe Vergne

Philippe was appointed director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) in March 2014. Prior to joining MOCA, he served for five years as director of the Dia Art Foundation, New York where he built an international reputation as a successful and committed museum leader with a deep knowledge of contemporary art. Prior to leading the Dia Foundation, he held leadership roles as Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where he worked for over a decade organizing more than 25 international exhibitions and the Herzog & de Meuron facility expansion; as Director of the Francois Pinault Foundation in Paris; and Director of the Musée d’art Contemporain (MAC) in Marseille, France. Philippe was awarded the Légion d’honneur in recognition of his 24 years of service to the arts in April 2014. He was also named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2004.

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