ICA Miami interim director out; permanent leader TBA

Suzanne Weaver
Suzanne Weaver ICA Miami

With no permanent director yet named, the temporary leader of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami has departed.

Suzanne Weaver became interim director of the fledgling museum in Miami’s Design District in August, though her appointment was not announced until late September.

Citing “museum sources in Miami,” The Art Newspaper reported Wednesday that Weaver had resigned. A spokeswoman for ICA Miami denied that claim. Before taking the job in Miami, Weaver served as curator of modern and contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., for five years and worked on independent curatorial projects.

The co-chairs of ICA Miami’s board of trustees, Irma Braman and Ray Ellen Yarkin, said in a statement that Weaver was tasked with helping to form the institution’s mission, program and best practices as well set up a strong financial base for the future.

“We are very thankful to have had Suzanne’s guidance and expertise during a time of rapid institutional growth,” the statement said. “Her dedication and hard work enabled us to move through this period of transition — from the formation of our new museum, to announcement of a permanent home and the creation of a campaign to support ongoing operations — incredibly quickly and smoothly.”

A permanent director is expected to be announced in the “coming months,” the co-chairs said.

In the meantime, deputy director and chief curator Alex Gartenfeld will work with board members and museum staff to make executive decisions. Gartenfeld was interim director of ICA Miami before Weaver was named and served in the same role at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.

Former board members of MOCA split from the city of North Miami last year following a breach of contract lawsuit and moved into a temporary space in the Design District’s Moore Building. According to a settlement finalized in late November, North Miami held on to 70 percent of the art holdings as well as the name MOCA and grant funds of $1 million.

ICA Miami announced in December that it plans to open a new home, also in the Design District, in time for Art Basel 2016.