Court Orders Mediation between City of North Miami and Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art has been the site of an ongoing, “surreal” power struggle, according to Sean McCaughan and Patricia Cohen in the New York Times. There, Babacar M’Bow—an African scholar and former international programs and exhibit coordinator for the Broward County libraries division—has been nominated director by the City of North Miami. But the museum’s board has rejected that nomination. Now, a court has ordered mediation between the two sides. The mediation follows on the heels of the board suing the city for breach of contract, after North Miami residents rejected $15 million in funding for the museum’s expansion, at which point trustees began looking for ways to move the institution so that it could grow. The board accuses the city of failing to maintain the building and provide adequate security, and city officials say, meanwhile, the collection is held by the public and cannot be moved elsewhere at the behest of the board. The board rejects that claim and notes that a number of donors have attested that their contributions were made to the museum and not the city.