The director of the long-delayed Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has stepped down, with the move coming just weeks after the museum’s opening was delayed again to sometime in 2020.
Variety reports that Kerry Brougher is exiting the post, with the Academy Museum Board saying in a statement that he will “return to his roots in the art world.”
“Though Brougher’s leadership has been a source of grumbling within the museum staff for some time, it is still surprising for him to depart before the museum opens,” Variety reports.
The board indicated the search for a replacement will begin soon.
“The board said it would work with senior staff to ensure an efficient transition. In a memo to Academy staff, CEO Dawn Hudson said that Brougher would ‘remain available to the Museum for calls and consultation as needed,'” Variety reports.
Brougher came to the Academy in 2014 from the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
“At the time, some questioned whether his background in fine art would be a good fit for a movie museum,” Variety notes. “Some of his detractors have also raised concerns about his leadership style, saying the project lacked clear lines of authority [and] that it was difficult to get consistent direction.”