Dear Members and Friends,
The 50th Anniversary of the Bass Museum of Art was one of our strongest ever.
Attendance is at an all-time high. During Miami Art Week, December 1-7, the museum had over 12,000 visitors, 66% more visitors than the prior year. Annual attendance has doubled in the last five years, topping out at 65,000.
Exhibitions in 2014 brought the museum outstanding recognition. One Way: Peter Marino has received extension 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 have participated in the IDEA@thebass community art and literacy programs since the launch of this initiative in September. Bass Museum of Art education programs now reach 300 people on average every week.
Stewardship of the museum is also at an all time high thanks to the generosity of the City of Miami Beach, support from foundations such as W.K. Kellogg and the John S. and James L. Knight. 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 Golden Jubilee 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. Your support during this transition is more valuable than ever.
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.