A major dispute over works of art has finally been decided in North Miami.
When board members left the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art, some 600 pieces of artwork were left in limbo. The city of North Miami, which owns MOCA, and the former board each laid claim to the art in a bitter battle that drew national headlines.
On Wednesday, in a joint released statement, both sides said they reached a settlement. Most of the artwork will remain at MOCA.
Attorney Olivia Benson, legal counsel advising the city of North Miami, discusses the city’s next steps at a press conference Tuesday announcing the city has filed a countersuit against the Museum of Contemporary Art. MOCA sued the city earlier this month for breach of contract. MOCA is planning to move its collection to the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.
The battle between the city of North Miami and the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art continued Tuesday as the city filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the MOCA board earlier this month, claiming that it is “legally deficient.”
Fans of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami might soon need to cross the bay to their get art fix.
In a city council meeting Tuesday, North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau said she met with museum board members and learned of their plans to move MOCA's collections and operations to the Bass Museum in Miami Beach.
Both museums have not formally stated a plan to merge but officials have mentioned they are both in on-going conversations.
It's often said that South Florida's arts scene is dispersed with cultural pockets nestled miles apart. In a car, art lovers can drive to West Palm Beach's Norton Museum, and then head south 50 miles or so to Miami Wynwood.
But there is yet to be an institution that serves as the region's art world anchor, a venue to meld South Florida's cultural gap into a cohesive whole to attract residents from north and south, east and west.
Karen Rifas and Kerry Phillips have more in common than the first letter of their first names, although at first it might not seem so. Rifas’s work should be familiar to many – in particular her linear, site-specific installations that involve optical illusion and delicate interventions. Her pieces can be found at MAM, MOCA and, until recently, at the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (which closed last year). Phillips is on the early end of her career, but has also had a lot of recent exposure, at the ArtCenter/South Florida and the Hollywood Arts and Cultural Center, to name a few outlets.
In a White House ceremony Wednesday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami joined an elite group of just 69 museums to be awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service - one the nation's top seals of approval for museums and libraries.
"Well, I guess you could compare it to the Emmy's or Oscars," said Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute for Museum and Library Service.