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. 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.