meet the executive...


meet the executive director and chief curator


Dear Members and Friends:
The 50th Anniversary of the Bass Museum of Art in 2015 marked one of our strongest years to date.

Attendance in 2015 was at an all-time high- at 65,000 visitors, our annual attendance has doubled in the last five years.

Exhibitions in 2014 and 2015 brought the museum outstanding recognition. One Way: Peter Marino received extensive media coverage from press outlets around the world and El Anatsui’s Gravity and Grace was named Best Exhibition of 2014 by the Miami Herald. Over 850 parents and children participated in the IDEA@thebass community art and literacy programs since the launch of this initiative last September. Bass Museum of Art education programs now reach 300 people on average every week. We are also fortunate to have the support of our patrons and neighbors Diane and Alan Lieberman who surprised us at the 50th Anniversary Gala with their gift of $1 million.

The momentum created by our 50th anniversary has carried us forward in 2015 as the long-awaited renovation and internal expansion begins this summer. Exhibitions, education programs and members activities during the construction phase will continue thanks to a partnership with the Miami Dade County Public Library, Miami Beach branch, across the street from the museum.

Your support during this transition is more valuable than ever! And for this support, I thank you on behalf of the board and staff of the Bass Museum of Art!

Silvia Karman Cubiñá
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Bass Museum of Art


SILVIA KARMAN CUBIÑÁ joined the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach as Executive Director and Chief Curator in 2008.  In the past seven years, Cubiñá has brought the Bass to the forefront of the art world through exhibitions that expand the definition of contemporary art to include art, design, fashion and architectureCubiñá is overseeing a major interior renovation of the Bass which will increase exhibition, education and public spaces by almost 50%. The museum will reopen in late 2016.

 serves on the Knight Foundation National Arts Advisory Board 
and was a member of Board of Directors of the Association of Art 
Museum Directors (AAMD) from 2013-2015. In 2012, Cubiñá was awarded the distinction of
 Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et lettres by the French Ministry of 
Culture.  She has lectured extensively and participated in 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, Cubiñá was a finalist for the Walter
Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement and was a fellow in the Center 
for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) fellowship program.

Prior to joining the Bass Museum of Art in 2008, Cubiñá served as Director
 of The Moore Space in Miami from 2002-2008. Previously, Cubiñá held the 
position of Adjunct Curator at INOVA, the Institute of Visual Arts; 
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee;  The Mexican Museum, San 
Francisco; and Cuban Museum of Art, Miami. Cubiñá was the Puerto 
Rico commissioner to the 1997 Bienal de São Paulo.


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