meet the executive...


meet the executive director and chief curator


Dear Members and Friends,

The Bass Museum of Art is well into it’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the most recent of which was the opening of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui. The artist joined us all the way from Nigeria to supervise the installation and give a talk, a rare moment for Miami to experience the genius behind one of the most acclaimed contemporary artists of our time.

This month, we received another birthday present! The W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded the museum a three-year $500,000 grant to expand our education and outreach programs. The Bass Museum of Art was the only art museum in the country to receive this award, a testament to our commitment to art education! Five years ago, thanks to a seed grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, we created IDEA@thebass, a program that uses art as a catalyst to promote creativity. Since then, we have been working to make it better and reach a more diverse group of participants. Like the El Anatsui exhibition, this is a birthday present that we are delighted to share with our community and one that will last well beyond the anniversary year.

Summer is almost upon us and it is a time for art, creativity and learning at the museum. Our 10-week art camp, art club for adults, hot nights cool jazz, beats after sunset and extended hours until 9pm on Fridays fully celebrate the season. Plan a visit to the museum and come see what we are up to, share your ideas with us as we are always looking to enhance your experience with us.

Silvia Karman Cubiñá, Executive Director and Chief Curator

Silvia Karman Cubiñá is the Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach. Previously, she was the Director of The Moore Space, Miami, from 2002-2008 and Independent Curator since 1997. In the past, she held the position of Adjunct Curator at inova, the Institute of Visual Arts; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and at The Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the Cuban Museum of Art in Miami. At The Moore Space, she has organized exhibitions with artists such as: Allora & Calzadlla, Carlos Amorales, John Bock, Sean Dack, Jeppe Hein, Tracey + The Plastics, Jonathan Monk, Aida Ruilova, Hernan Bas, Jim Lambie, Patty Chang, Joan Jonas and Yang Fudong. She organized the exhibition French Kissing in the USA in 2007 at The Moore Space; None of the Above: Contemporary Work by Puerto Rican Artists at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT; and Habitat en Tránsito/Piñones (In-Situ), Javier Cambre’s project for the 2002 Bienal Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Pepon Osorio: Door to Door at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan. She was the Puerto Rico commissioner to the 1997 Bienal de Sao Paolo. She has lectured extensively and participated in numerous grant panels and award selection committees, including serving as a juror for the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Award for 2006 and juror at the Bienal de Lyon in 2008. In 2007, she was a finalist for the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement and was a fellow in the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) fellowship program. Ms. Cubina currently serves on the Knight Foundation National Arts Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of the AAMD American Alliance of Art Museum Directors. In 2012, Ms. Cubina was awarded the distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.


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