The Jewish Museum in New York has suspended all current projects with curator Jens Hoffmann as a result of sexual harassment allegations brought forward by museum staff members late last week.
A statement sent to ARTnews after questioning about the matter reads: “A number of Jewish Museum staff members came forward on November 30, 2017, with allegations of sexual harassment by Jens Hoffmann during his tenure at the Museum. In light of this information, we have suspended all current projects with him while we review the allegations.”
Hoffmann was the Jewish Museum’s deputy director for exhibitions and programs from 2012 to 2016 and has served since as director of special exhibitions and public programs. The news follows the announcement last week that Hoffmann was “departing” his role as co-artistic director of Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. No explanation was offered by Front at the time of the announcement, but Hoffmann has since suggested it was a matter of work-load and differences of opinion as to artistic direction. Queried after news of the Jewish Museum suspension, a spokesperson for Front International said the triennial has no additional comment to add.
ARTnews has reached out to Hoffmann for comment and will update this story as news develops.