The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit has parted ways with another executive director, Metro timetables has learned.
The museum named Cara Courage as its latest executive director in February, following an 18-month search that began in 2020 following allegations of a toxic workplace under the museum’s former executive director . But a spokesperson for the museum confirms that as of last week, Courage is no longer with MOCAD.
“MOCAD’s Executive Committee can confirm that the Museum has parted ways with Dr. Cara Courage as Executive Director,” the spokesperson said. “After lengthy conversations, both committees have decided to rescind their job offer. They wish Courage every success in her future endeavours, and thank her for her service to the museum.
No reason for the course change was given. Courage did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Courage previously headed the Tate Exchange at London’s Tate Modern, an experience touted by the museum. “Courage brings global leadership and expertise from the arts sector with a specialization in collaborative place-making and activist arts, which she will use to center Detroit’s communities in developing MOCAD as a site for change. socially positive, diverse and equitable,” the museum said when announcing his hire.
The spokesperson says that MOCAD is now looking for a new leader, although the role will be revamped somewhat. The search will include Detroit-based applicants.
“MOCAD’s Executive Committee and Search Committee are taking immediate action to advance the process of finding a new leader who aligns with MOCAD’s institutional values; lead it towards an innovative, fair and inclusive future; and will serve Detroit by connecting it to the global art world, showcasing the best in contemporary art,” the spokesperson said. “The committees will work together to redefine this role so that it is more strongly focused on the artistic vision of the organization.”
In the meantime, Deputy Director Marie Madison-Patton will take over as interim chief, the spokesperson said. Madison-Patton previously served as the museum’s director of business operations and will continue to lead in terms of business decisions alongside the new hire, who will focus more on the museum’s artistic vision, the spokesperson said.
The museum’s former executive director, Elysia Borowy-Reeder, was fired by the museum without cause after employees complained to the museum’s board. Borowy-Reeder had run the museum since 2013.
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