"There have been people brought on with the understanding they don't have to do much," Young said.
He said the ideal would be an independent MOCA if it can be done.
"Two great museums are better than one," Young said. "If there's no other alternative and [LACMA] is prepared to do what it takes to give MOCA what it needs to be a great museum, it's probably a good thing."
Hugh Davies, longtime director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, said that LACMA's stewardship of MOCA "would be a very civic and sensible solution to keeping the best of MOCA in Los Angeles and in business. I don't see it as some sort of voracious corporate takeover or something like that. I see it as a generous and carefully crafted proposal to keep the culture of Los Angeles intact."
Davies said that a MOCA pairing with USC also could work out well, paralleling UCLA's oversight and partial funding of the Hammer Museum on its Westwood doorstep.
"I think the partnership or merger with LACMA is a more natural move," he said. "The two cultures are very similar and sympathetic. In the case of USC, you would have to know how its president and trustees really view the idea."