Silvia Karman Cubiñá sees opportunity to make art a part of everyday routine for Miamians
As a high schooler studying under a French teacher with a penchant for art history, Silvia Karman Cubiñá realized she could do art without having to make art. Thus began her career in the art world — not as an artist, but as a curator and administrator.
The Miami-born, Puerto Rico-bred mother of two graduated from Boston College with a degree in art history in 1987 and most recently ran the Moore Space, an internationally recognized experimental art venue in Miami's Design District. She began this month as executive director and chief curator of Miami Beach's Bass Museum of Art. Ms. Cubiñá succeeds Diane Camber, who retired last year after serving as director since 1980.
As leader of the Bass, Ms. Cubiñá's long-term goal is to make art an everyday thing for Miamians —"to bring art into people's daily lives, bring them into the museum as part of their lifestyle," she says. "I think people here in Miami, as in other parts of the United States, will go to malls and to restaurants as part of their daily lives, without thinking about it. We'll be one of their strong options."
She aims also to expand the museum's educational programs and to collaborate with other institutions in presenting art. Ms. Cubiñá was interviewed on her first day of work by Miami Today staff writer Risa Polansky.
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