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Deborah Vankin

Deborah Vankin is an arts and culture writer for the Los Angeles Times. In what’s never a desk job, she has live-blogged her journey across Los Angeles with the L.A. County Museum of Art’s “big rock,” scaled downtown mural scaffolding with street artist Shepard Fairey, navigated the 101 freeway tracking the 1984 Olympic mural restorations and riddenDoug Aitken’s art train through the Barstow desert. Her award-winning interviews and profiles unearth the trends, issues and personalities in L.A.’s arts scene. Her work as a writer and editor has also appeared in Variety, LA Weekly and the New York Times, among other places. Originally from Philadelphia, she’s the author of the graphic novel “Poseurs.”
Watts Towers Arts Center Campus director has been suspended, her supporters say

Supporters of Rosie Lee Hooks press the city about the reported disciplinary action, believed to be related to a new mural of jazz musician Charles Mingus on the campus.

With rumors swirling, the future of MOCA director Philippe Vergne remains a big question mark

With just months left on his contract, embattled director of the Museum of Contemporary Art has put his home up for sale. The museum won't say whether Philippe Vergne has been offered a new contract, and it remains mum about the firing of its chief curator — or any plans to hire her replacement.

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