Ms Landres said in an interview that she suggested converting the show to virtual programming, but was turned down, a claim Ms Carvajal denied. A portion of the $ 120,000 Knight Foundation grant was then used, with the foundation’s blessing, to create a different online experience, “I Remember Miami,” in which people shared memories of the city.
“We want to create content that is meaningful, that creates unity, that reminds us of all the great times in our city,” Ms. Crujeiras said during an online discussion about the arts in Miami. She described the forensic exposure to viewers as “sophisticated, beautiful,” but said it contained “very complex elements” that made it difficult to present online during a pandemic.
Ms Landres said that as disagreements over forensic exposure grew, Ms Carvajal had falsely accused her of acting without permission and going over the budget of ‘True to Scale’. Then in May, Ms Landres said, Ms Crujeiras told her she was being put on paid leave and that her contract, which expired in June 2020, would not be renewed.
College and museum officials said they could not discuss the rationale for not renewing the contract, calling it a personnel issue.
In an email to the Times, Ms. Landres said she thought the effort to “balance” the forensic exposure was aimed at appeasing some of the college’s most conservative administrators. But an administrator, Marcell Felipe, appointed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, said he was unaware of the show.
“I don’t think this has ever been discussed” by the board, he said.
Back in New York, Landres said the museum had failed to live up to its ideals and the commitment it made to the group whose works it was exhibiting.
“They’ve removed any possibility that we’re actually getting any closer to the truth about Homestead,” she said. “It’s political censorship and it’s also a form of artistic censorship.”