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December 02, 2011

In the Arts: Miami Museum Confirms $35-Million Naming Deal

The Miami Art Museum will be renamed the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County in exchange for the local property developer's $35-million pledge, The Miami Herald and The New York Times write.

The 10-year gift of cash and art from Mr. Pérez's collection will support construction of the museum's new home next to Biscayne Bay, set to open in 2013. The institution has raised $167-million for the project, including $100-million in county bonds.

The prospective name change sparked dissent on the museum's board, three members of which have resigned in protest.

"The museum belongs to Miami," said Mary Frank, one of the departing trustees. "The name of the museum should not be sold to any private individual."

In other arts news:

• The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has named Gary Tinterow, the architect of numerous blockbuster shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as its new director, reports The New York Times.

He will replace Peter C. Marzio, a beloved figure on the Houston cultural scene who is credited with building the Museum of Fine Arts into a world-class institution during a nearly three-decade tenure that ended with his death last December.

Mr. Tinterow is a 28-year veteran of the Met and currently heads its department of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art, in which position he mounted last year's hugely successful Picasso exhibition. He will take office in Houston in early 2012.