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Guggenheim Curator ‘forced’ Into Quitting After Black-art Expert She’d Mentored Turned On Her

The former chief curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum was forced to resign as she brought in a black art expert who called her experience at the museum “the most racist professional experience” of her life .

A new recap of the published event atlantic organization Shares the story of how Nancy Spector, a respected curator who worked for the New York institution for decades, became a scapegoat and was seen as a “racist” in the public eye.

However, through an independent investigation, Spector has been cleared of wrongdoing, particularly in relation to racist behavior or remarks directed at her peers.

In 2016, Spector contacted Chaédria after curating an art exhibition featuring Jean-Michel Basqiat’s painting Defacement LaBouvier, who hopes to curate a new exhibition that includes the painting.

Chaédria LaBouvier is one of the main driving forces behind racism allegations against Spector

Spector (left) and LaBouvier’s allegedly contentious relationship began in 2016

Jean-Michel Basquiat's

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Defacement,” also known as “The Death of Michael Stewart,” was the start of a years-long saga between Spector and LaBouvier

Spector, now in his 60s, is considered a pariah in the art world and has been labelled a 'racist' and a 'bully' despite being cleared by an external investigation

Spector, now in his 60s, is considered a pariah in the art world and has been labelled a ‘racist’ and a ‘bully’ despite being cleared by an outside investigation

Defaced is best known for its depiction of the death of Michael Stewart, a black man who died in police custody after being arrested by New York City police on suspicion of graffiti.

Spector helped LaBouvier open the door to a highly unique art world.

The former chief curator of the Guggenheim put Rabouvel under her wing, guiding her through the ins and outs of her work.

The relationship helped Rabeville create a definite name for himself in the art world.

Spector, a 34-year Guggenheim veteran, resigned in 2020 despite investigations showing she did not act out of line with Rabville

Spector, a 34-year Guggenheim veteran, resigned in 2020 despite investigations showing she did not act out of line with Rabville

Less than five years later, however, Spector showed up at the Guggenheim, and Rabowell called her Amy Cooper, a white woman known as “Central Park Karen” who was accused of making an appearance at the Guggenheim. The black bird watching man called the police and became known as “Central Park Karen.”

The real problems began when Rabville submitted a thesis proposal for the exhibition, which Spector and her staff said did not meet the criteria.

Spector told her that major parts of the article needed to be revised for a variety of reasons. The group called her work “poorly written.”

Labouville was insulted and even tried to convince those involved in the projects to quit.

The Black-art curator said Spector suggested she help with the rewrite and co-author.

“I said f**k and didn’t fight back,” Rabouville later said in a tweet.

The Guggenheim is one of the most famous museums in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year

The Guggenheim is one of the most famous museums in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year

The woman was insulted and then allegedly tried to convince the artist in the catalog to quit the project.

Her actions led Guggenheim officials to renegotiate her fee. The museum also finally gave her the only honor.

However, Rabville said her time at the agency was also detrimental for other reasons.

in an interview New York Times In 2019, LaBouvier said that while she herself had alleged trouble at the museum, she hoped it would be better for those who came later.

“I thought it would be better for a black curator to come to me,” Rabowell said. “For example, if I’m not reviewing something, it means no people of color are viewing that document or process. Of course, there are times when I feel like I’d appreciate being in the room.”

At one point, Rabeville allegedly took guests to a private after-hours tour of the Guggenheim exhibit without warning Spector or security about the guests

At one point, Rabeville allegedly took guests to a private after-hours tour of the Guggenheim exhibit without warning Spector or security about the guests

In 2020, when the Guggenheim posted the black square of “Blackout Tuesday” on social media following the death of George Floyd, Rabville called the museum.

‘Get the whole f**k out of here. I’m Chaédria LaBouvier, the first black curator in your 80-year history, and you deny it, while allowing Nancy Spector to moderate a panel discussion about my work without inviting me. Erase this shit,” she tweeted in 2020.

In a Twitter thread following her initial post, Rabouville claimed that Spector was trying to “absorb” her work at the Guggenheim.

The black art curator’s post sparked outrage and turned a large crowd against the longtime Guggenheim employee.

Less than a month after the woman’s Twitter post was published, the museum hired an outside group to investigate Spector.

While the investigation was underway, the veteran art curator took a three-month ‘sabbatical’.

A Better Guggenheim, an organization dedicated to holding people at museums accountable, investigates Spector allegations of racial bias

A Better Guggenheim, an organization dedicated to holding people at museums accountable, investigates Spector allegations of racial bias

In addition to the allegations from LaBouvier, a Better Guggenheim, the group organized to hold Guggenheim officials accountable, and officials investigated other potential instances of racial bias.

An anonymous source accused Spector of praising a security guard’s “wonderful Caribbean lightness” in connection with their singing.

In addition, investigators looked into Spector’s alleged confusion of two East Asian female staff members.

In October 2020, the results of an independent investigation into the allegations made by Rabville found that “there is no evidence that Ms Rabville was disadvantaged on the basis of her race.”

Other examples of potential racial bias were raised during the investigation but found to be largely unfounded.

Spector, a staple at the NYC Museum of Art, dedicated much of her life to the Guggenheim

Spector, a staple at the NYC Museum of Art, dedicated much of her life to the Guggenheim

The law firm responsible for the investigation, Kramer Levin, reportedly examined thousands of pieces of evidence.

Investigators also spoke with museum staff.

However, Rabeville did not speak to Kramer Levine.

The art curator said at the time “it’s not safe to do this”.

Just hours later, the Guggenheim’s board revealed that Spector was stepping down after 34 years at the New York City staple.

Spector’s embarrassment didn’t end there, though.

The highly publicized coverage of LaBouvier’s allegations tarnished Spector’s friends and her reputation.

DailyMail.com reached out to Spector for comment, but had not heard back as of press time.

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