Ms. Landres said in an interview that she offered to turn the exhibition into virtual programming, but was turned down, a claim that Ms. Carvajal denied. A portion of the Knight Foundation’s $ 120,000 grant was then used, with the foundation’s blessing, to create a different online “I Remember Miami” experience in which people shared memories of the city.
“We want to create content that makes sense, that creates a unity that reminds us all of the beautiful moments in our city,” Ms. Crujeiras said in an online discussion on the arts in Miami. She described the court exhibition to spectators as “complex, beautiful”
Ms Landres said that as the disagreements over the forensic exhibition deepened, Ms Carvajal accused her of acting unauthorized and transferring the budget to True to Scale. Then in May, Ms Landres said Ms Crujeiras told her that she was on paid leave and that her contract, which expires in June 2020, would not be renewed.
College and museum officials said they could not discuss the justification for not renewing the contract, calling it a personnel issue.
In an email to the Times, Ms. Landres said she believes efforts to “balance” the Forensic Medicine exhibition are intended to reassure some of the college’s more conservative trustees. But a governor, Marcel Felipe, who appointed Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, said he was unfamiliar with the show.
“I don’t think it was ever discussed by the board,” he said.
Now in New York, Ms. Landres said the museum has failed to live up to its ideals and the commitment it has made to the group whose work it exhibits.
“They removed every opportunity to get closer to the truth about Homestead,” she said. “It’s political censorship and it’s also a form of artistic censorship.”