Holy ick. Meghann Snow, whom some of you may remember as AFC’s pick for Best Comment in ArtInfo’s profile on BRAVO’s Untitled Art Project auditions, sent us an account of her abusive firing from Mike Weiss Gallery this weekend. Weiss, who runs a fairly well known ground floor gallery in Chelsea, gained a reputation for douchebaggery in our books during the fall of 2005, when he called the police on artist Eric Doeringer for selling “bootlegs” out front his gallery. He managed to degrade that status even further last week, when he fired Meghann Snow for wearing an outfit he didn’t like. Her account below (originally published via: Jerry Saltz’s Facebook page):
- Monday November 16th: First day of working as a registrar at Mike Weiss Gallery. Typical first day learning ropes; Day was successful and long.
– Tuesday, November 17th: Second day of working at Mike Weiss Gallery
Afternoon. 1:00PM: Owner of gallery Mike Weiss asks me to follow him into the back part of the gallery. I follow him. He says, “I own this gallery and I have the right to inspect you.” He ‘inspects me,’ looks at me head to toe. He says,”Can you remove your cardigan.” ( I was wearing: a Banana Republic charcoal gray cardigan, a black American Apparel tank top tucked into a silk blackdiesel skirt, with black tights and frye clean dark gray boots and my hairwas curly.) I removed my cardigan. He “inspects me” head to toe, looks at me, and then asks “Can you pull your hair back? I want to see what you look like with your hair pulled back.” I pull my hair back. He says, “Can you let it go down? Let’s see it down again.” I do what he asks. He says “It looks better pulled back.” I got back to work.
2:00PM: I am told by the director that I can leave because the gallery will not have a desk set up for me until Friday. I leave.
Same night. 8:00PM: Phone call from the gallery. Director tells me that she is “sad she has to do this over the phone, and was hopping that things would work out … but she had a meeting wit Mike and he “wasn’t pleased with your presentation today. You aren’t bubbly or loud or happy enough.”
I was fired.
We have not yet been able to reach Mike Weiss for comment.