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MOCA's Gaetano Pesce exhibition stumbles across a bright ethical line

MOCA's Gaetano Pesce exhibition stumbles across a bright ethical line

In an ethical lapse reminiscent of its grimmer days earlier in the decade, the Museum of Contemporary Art is presenting an exhibition whose guest curator owns almost all the work on view.

At MOCA’s Pacific Design Center branch, “Gaetano Pesce: Molds (Gelati Misti)” focuses on a private collection of vases, bowls and other unique vessels made over the last two decades by the controversial Italian architect and designer. Of 39 Pesce vessels loaned to the show, 34 are owned by the show’s guest curator.

A solo private collection show is difficult for a museum to justify, because it restricts curatorial independence in telling art’s story....

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