Editors of The Exhibitionist Resign over Sexual Harassment Allegations Made Against Founder Jens Hoffmann
Following sexual harassment allegations made against curator Jens Hoffmann last month, three editors of The Exhibitionist, a journal that Hoffmann founded in 2009, have resigned. Managing editor Liz Rae Heise-Glass announced on Facebook that she was stepping down, along with editor at large Piper Marshall and senior editor Julian Myers-Szupinska.
“In our view it would be incongruous to continue to commission, edit, and publish as normal in these circumstances,” the statement reads. “We wish to make clear that we do not condone sexual harassment, intimidation, or abuse in any context, and that we support those who are coming forward in this profound moment of reckoning.”
Hoffmann was first accused of sexual misconduct by staff members at the Jewish Museum in New York who came forward on November 30. Since then, the Jewish Museum and several other organizations Hoffmann was involved with, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Kadist foundation, and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, have suspended all ongoing projects involving the curator. With the exception of the Honolulu Biennial, which completely cut ties with Hoffmann, Artnews reports that the other institutions will reevaluate their relationships with Hoffmann once the Jewish Museum completes its review of the complaints made against him.
Following the allegations of harassment made against our founding editor Jens Hoffmann, we have chosen to resign our editorial roles at the Exhibitionist, effective immediately. In our view it would be incongruous to continue to commission, edit, and publish as normal in these circumstances. We wish to make clear that we do not condone sexual harassment, intimidation, or abuse in any context, and that we support those who are coming forward in this profound moment of reckoning.
In parting, we also wish to affirm the work that has been done in the pages of the Exhibitionist since it was founded in 2009. A journal, no less than an exhibition, is a collective and social affair, and exceeds the effort of any one person. It is most of all the manifestation of those who have written for it, many of whom are friends, colleagues and role models. We are humbled that they entrusted us with their ideas. We also recognize our brilliant designer, Jon Sueda, our magnificent copy editor, Lindsey Westbrook, and the journal’s past editors, Tara McDowell, Chelsea Haines, and Lumi Tan.
We believe that the Exhibitionist has served a vital purpose, and hope that its legacy will lie in the important writing and thinking it has made public.”