Dear Members and Friends,
The 2014-2015 season is off to an exciting start with GOLD, an
exhibition organized by Bass Museum Curator of Exhibitions Jose Carlos
Diaz. The 24 international artists featured examine how the precious
metal is used in contemporary art, both conceptually and as a
material. Several of the artists attended the opening reception along
with over 700 members and friends, may of whom embraced the spirit of
the evening by wearing fashions and accessories in gold.
Through our active education programs, the Bass is reaching close to
300 children, teens and adults each week, both onsite and offsite.
This year, we launched our expanded outreach IDEA@thebass program
targeting young children and their parents. Thanks to the generosity
of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, regular classes are now held at
Centro Mater in Little Havana, Chapman Partnership downtown, Little
Haiti Cultural Center, North Miami Library Golden Glades branch, the
Overtown Youth Center and the Raindrop Child Care Center at
Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center, Miami Beach.
On November 1, Bass Museum of Art will culminate its 50th anniversary
celebration with a spectacular gala in the museum’s galleries. We are
so grateful for the enthusiastic support of the board, members and
attendees. The Gala Committee led by Board Members Criselda Breene and
Soledad Picón, has created an unforgettable evening which
will be distinguished by contemporary art installations and
One Way: Peter Marino, which will open December 4 during Miami Art
Week, is by far the most ambitious exhibition the museum has ever
presented. Curated by Jérôme Sans, One Way includes 170 works and
explores this renowned American architect’s layered relationship with
art – as a creator, collaborator, and collector. Marino’s work truly
exists at the intersection of art, design, fashion and architecture, a
theme in contemporary art explored in prior Bass exhibitions From
Koons to Picasso: the Artist as Jeweler and Vanitas. It is truly an
honor that Marino chose the Bass as the site for his first museum
This 50th year, the museum has created excitement and momentum setting
the Bass on a trajectory of innovation, possibility and success.
Here’s is to our next 50 years!
Silvia Karman Cubiñá
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Bass Museum of Art
SILVIA KARMAN CUBIÑÁ is the Executive Director and Chief Curator, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach. 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. Cubiñá has curated numerous exhibitions, 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. Cubiñá currently serves on the Knight Foundation National Arts Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of the American Alliance of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). In 2012, Cubiñá was awarded the distinction of Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.