Bass Museum of Art Appoints Silvia Karman Cubiñá as Executive Director and Chief Curator
After a lengthy national executive search process, the Board of Trustees of the Bass Museum of Art appointed Silvia Karman Cubiñá as Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum of Art, effective October 1, 2008.
Ms. Cubiñá is the Founding Director of The Moore Space (since 2002), an internationally recognized contemporary art exhibition space in Miami, founded by collectors Rosa de la Cruz and Craig Robins. Prior to running The Moore Space, Ms. Cubiñá served as an independent Curator and held the position of Adjunct Curator at inova, the Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Previously, she held positions at The Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the Cuban Museum of Art in Miami.
At The Moore Space, Ms. Cubiñá organized exhibition projects with artists and organized numerous group exhibitions. In 2007, she presented the landmark exhibition French Kissing in the USA, a group of works by emerging French artists. She has lectured extensively internationally, and has participated in numerous grant panels and award selection committees. Most recently she served as a juror to the Guggenheim Museum’s prestigious Hugo Boss Award 2006. In 2007, she was a finalist for the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement, and was one of only ten fellows at the Center for Curatorial Leadership program in New York, a well-respected training program for museum curators.
George Lindemann, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the Friends of the Bass Museum of Art, commented “The Bass Museum, the City of Miami Beach and the greater South Florida arts community are so lucky that Silvia has accepted this job. We’re all very excited about seeing the institution grow with Silvia in the years to come.”
The Bass Museum of Art, located at 2121 Park Avenue in Collins Park, became Miami’s first public building with an exhibition space for fine art in 1963, when the City of Miami Beach accepted a gift of the art collection of John and Johanna Bass upon condition that it would maintain the collection and provide for its exhibition to the public. Ms. Cubiñá will be succeeding Diane Camber, who retired as Executive Director of the Bass Museum of Art June 30, 2007.