Cornell DeWitt Leaves Mana Contemporary After Just Five Weeks

Cornell DeWitt in 2012. Photo: Patrick McMullan

Cornell DeWitt, best known as the former director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, has left his recently acquired position as VP of development and marketing at Mana Contemporary.

Mana, the scrappy and rapidly expanding Jersey City start-up owned by storage king and talented artist Eugene Lemay, is trying to establish itself as a major presence in the art world. DeWitt was meant to oversee and coordinate the sales and marketing teams as well as develop new business programs, but departed the institution after just five weeks.

While the specific reasons for his exit remain unclear, DeWitt told artnet News, “I have a lot of respect for Gene, and Mana is an impressive institution, but unfortunately, it was not a good fit for me there. I pride myself on my focus, diligence, and conscientiousness.”


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