Very interesting. I question whether it's pure economics over public/political pressure. Perhaps the turnout and profits ended up not being all they were expected and hyped up to be. There was a decent enough amount of people in there the week after opening weekend when I went, but nothing crazy. Have any numbers been released by MOCA that anyone caught in any recent articles? Beyond the Brooklyn Museum, I'm not sure which other semi-respectable institution in NYC would have enough of prowess to even bring it to the city without it looking like an embarrassing substitute.
Jeffrey Deitch, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, said he had approached another institution in New York, which he declined to name, about taking the exhibition. “We will find a way to bring it to New York,” Mr. Deitch said in an interview. “If not in a museum, we’ll just do it on our own.”