1. Museum of Contemporary Art

It was another difficult year for MOCA. Chief curator Paul Schimmel left the building -- whether he resigned or was fired is a matter of debate. His departure was followed by an exodus of prominent artists from the museum's board of directors. In December, the financially struggling museum entered talks for a possible partnership with USC. To be continued.MORE: L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art Fires Chief Curator | MOCA Board Exits Pile Up | Critic's Notebook: MOCA's firing of Paul Schimmel is a bad sign
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