Orlando Museum of Art considering new leadership, officials say

Interim director Luder Whitlock resigns as museum officials consider permanent leadership positions

ORLANDO, Fla. – Interim Director Luder Whitlock of the Orlando Museum of Art resigned from his position as the museum considers a permanent change in leadership, according to OMA officials.

Whitlock accepted the position following the resignation of former OMA Director Aaron De Groft, who was at the center of a scandal involving an FBI investigation of the museum’s Jean-Michele Basquiat exhibit.

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Despite De Groft’s claims to the contrary, experts had stated many of the works in the museum’s Basquiat exhibit were fake, prompting investigators to seize many of the exhibit’s works.

In a statement, OMA spokeswoman Emilia Bourmas-Fry said the museum will be looking for a permanent CEO and executive director to oversee the museum.

Museum officials have also recently announced the creation of a task force to examine oversight procedures for the review and approval processes of exhibits to avoid similar issues going forward.

For more information about the museum or news about current exhibits, visit OMA’s website here.

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