In Miami, Plans for Museum Stir Debate

When prominent South Florida developer and art collector Marty Margulies hosts a ‘'town meeting'’ to discuss the “fiscal responsibility” of building a new art museum in downtown Miami, at least one chair will be empty—that of Suzanne Delehanty, director of the Miami Art Museum. In an exchange of letters initiated by the museum, MAM board president Susana Ibargüen, trustee Rose Ellen Meyerhoff Greene, and Delehanty wrote, “Please remove Suzanne Delehanty's name, title, and affiliation from all printed matter and media materials you are preparing for this program.” Margulies retorted, “This overreaction is ill-advised in light of our standing in the art world.” The exchange, Elisa Turner and Gail Meadows write in the _Miami Herald, is the latest in a series of often heated discussions about the prospective museum.