Christopher Knight, the art critic of the Los Angeles Times, has reported that Philippe Vergne, the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, fired Helen Molesworth, MOCA’s chief curator, on Monday.
Details of Molesworth’s departure are not yet clear, and MOCA’s press office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Knight writes that a message went out to the museum’s board implying that Molesworth had abruptly resigned, but he also cites the artist Catherine Opie, who is a MOCA board member, saying that Vergne fired Molesworth for ”undermining the museum.” Opie said she disagreed with that decision.
Molesworth joined MOCA in 2014 from the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. As chief curator, she made a focus of her tenure programs that addresses issues of race in the United States. Her curatorial credits include co-organizing a critically lauded Kerry James Marshall retrospective and partnering with the Underground Museum in Los Angeles.