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Dylan & Deitch: contemporary art and the health of our culture


Art enriches our lives by helping us connect with each other and the world around us. Often, art evokes empathy and a sense of community. Art therapy can reduce stress, help resolve conflict and improve interpersonal communication. Not only does art enhance our experience of the world, it is an essential element of our wellbeing.

In 2011, Lybba and Wondros founder Jesse Dylan attended “Art in the Streets,” an exhibit about street art at Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Fascinated by the exhibit and the new audience of museum-goers it drew, Dylan sought out the exhibit’s curator, Jeffrey Deitch, then Director of MOCA. The film above is Deitch’s reflection on art as a fundamental part of our society and museums as a forum for social experiences.

Says Dylan, “'Art in the Streets was inclusive, challenging, different and fun. It compelled intense feelings from ardent fans, vocal critics in the press and non-expert attendees, like me. My fascination with the exhibition led me to its curator—Jeffrey Deitch—whose work on this particular installation sparked a public debate about the merits of street art and the philosophical direction of our art institutions. Attendees were left to wonder: what do art and art museums mean in the 21st century?

"I believe we will look back at Jeffrey Deitch's tenure at MOCA as a high point for culture in Los Angeles. At his core was the wish to make known what is unknown: to reveal. That is his legacy in Los Angeles and the reason I felt compelled to interview him in the film."

How does art impact your life?