Gary Garrels, a senior curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for painting and sculpture, resigned from his post Saturday after backlash from saying that the museum would continue to collect work from white artists.
Garrels was confronted over the comments during a Zoom meeting after he said that banning white artists would basically be “reverse discrimination.” Breitbartreported that a petition was launched over his “violent language” and called for his job. The petition read, “Considering his lengthy tenure at this institution, we ask just how long have his toxic white supremacist beliefs regarding race and equity directed his position curating the content of the museum?” Garrels apologized for the “reverse discrimination” comment (which, today, is apparently reverse-reverse discrimination, an even worse offense). “I do not believe I have ever said that it is important to collect the art of white men,” he said, according to artnet.com. “I have said that it is important that we do not exclude consideration of the art of white men.”