Opposition to Miami Museum Name Probed, Still Not Understood

98511071 Opposition to Miami Museum Name Probed, Still Not Understood

Jorge Perez (L) and Emilio Estefan (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

The New York Times today takes a look at the Miami Art Museum, which, after its new building is completed, will be renamed the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County, following a $35 million donation by the real estate developer of that name.

People are upset about the renaming, and four board members have quit over it, but despite an admirable effort by The Times to understand the frustration nobody was able to offer a good reason for it:

“Is it the timing? The size of the gift? Mr. Pérez’s career as a major developer here? Or perhaps jealousy on the part of others whose own major contributions to the arts have never secured such a high-profile designation?”

No! It’s none of those things, the story explains. Someone says that Mr. Pérez should have only had a wing named after him, but if the going rate in New York is $100 million for a theater (David Koch) and $10 million for a wing (Laurie Tisch, at the new Whitney) then surely $35 million is enough for a museum in Miami, no?

Comments

  1. Hgutie09 says:

    I think they are just having a hard time dealing with the fact that it is going to be named after a latino.

  2. JKMiami says:

    Hgutie09 – No…if you’ve even been to Miami you would know that is not an issue. Perez is a divisive figure in Miami as in many ways he is the poster-child for the condo boom and bust and is known for pushing through special use rezoning permits for his projects. This issue is that he is an opportunist rather than a philanthropist.