Chicago History Center curator Melissa Hickey has been fired from the museum’s public events program.
Hickey had been at the museum for six months.
She tweeted Wednesday that she would be stepping down from her role as curator.
Hitting the road, she tweeted, was an important part of her role at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and she would miss it there.
Holes in the story: She tweeted about how she had been asked to help promote the exhibit “Mourning” at the Chicago Museum of Art, a piece that had been on display at the venue since March.
I was asked to speak at the show, I accepted, and it was a tremendous honor, she said in a follow-up tweet.
That was just one of several posts that included details of her involvement with the exhibit.
She was not an employee of the museum, nor was she an adviser to the museum.
She didn’t respond to a request for comment on the firings.
A museum spokesperson told Ars via email that Hickey was no longer an employee and that the museum would not be commenting further.
This is the second time in less than a week that Hiccups name has come to light.
On Tuesday, Hickey posted on Twitter that she was leaving the museum to pursue an interest in public speaking.
“After speaking to the Director of the Chicago History and Museum, I decided to return to the field of public relations,” she wrote.
“I was asked by the Museum to speak on behalf of the exhibit ‘Mourning’ to help the public connect with the work of Chicago artists in an intimate setting.
This will continue in the future, and I am eager to serve as a spokesperson for the institution.”
Hickey is the first of the Museum’s curators to have been fired.
The museum did not respond to Ars’ request for further comment.
A new hire at the New York City Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan has been named director of the public relations division.
This morning, the museum announced the hiring of Michael Storck as director of public affairs.
A spokesperson for Storks office said that the department has not yet decided how long it will hire Storcks as director, but the announcement said he would be taking over the role as early as next week.