Rosa de la Cruz Bashes MOCA, Bass and PAMM: "Why Is It That Miami Museums Are Becoming Places Just For Parties?"
Rosa de la Cruz has been on a bit of a tear lately. On Thursday, she sent the Miami art world into a mid Basel tizzy with an interview claiming that the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) was moving.
delacruzcollection.org Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz
Now she's not only doubling down on her remarks but also sounding off on the city's other art museums, including the just opened Perez Art Museum Miami and the Bass Museum in Miami Beach.
"Why is it that Miami museums are becoming places just for parties?" she told New Times. "It's embarrassing that in our city these things are happening."
De la Cruz began the interview by repeating her claim that MOCA -- the North Miami museum to which she and her husband Carlos have donated scores of contemporary artworks -- will soon be shuttered.
"We have been told -- and this is not a rumor -- that this museum is closing," she said. "And that MOCA is working to give everything to another museum, and it's the Bass museum."
As in other interviews, De la Cruz declined to name her source other than to say that "the person who told me knows what they are talking about."
MOCA interim director Alex Gartenfeld denied that the museum was closing but did not rule out a move or merger with the Bass or any other institution.
"There have been longstanding conversations on the part of MOCA's board of trustees on how to best serve our mission," he said. "There are ongoing internal discussions. They include lots of things including the scope of the collection and its location."
Gartenfeld emphatically denied other rumors, such as that MOCA had gambled on a $15 million North Miami bond issue to expand the museum -- it was rejected last year by voters -- or that it had overspent on its recent Tracy Emin "Angel Without You" exhibition.
"There is not a budget shortfall," Gartenfeld said. "And the Emin show was well budgeted, I can say with perfect certainty. It was an ambitious undertaking for the museum and you can see that in the show. In fact, the exhibition is a real tribute to the strength of the institution."
But De la Cruz brashly says the young interim director either doesn't know the whole story or isn't being honest.
"Alex is saying what they are telling him to say," she says. "I have nothing against Alex. But he just got here."