Thom Collins, director of Miami Art Museum, announced today the appointment of Diana Nawi as the museum’s associate curator, effective April 2012. Nawi’s appointment signals MAM’s preparations for its move to a new, expanded facility in Museum Park in 2013, which will house 200,000-square-feet of programmable space. Nawi brings a wide ranging knowledge of contemporary art, with a particular expertise in art of the Americas and larger Middle East. She will be directly involved in the development and programming of the museum’s exhibitions.
“The museum is dedicated to developing and presenting exhibitions that reflect our global community here in Miami,” said Collins. “Diana’s educational background and experience curating art from around the world will be integral as we continue this commitment when we reopen as the new Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), where we will have more than three times the amount of exhibition space than we have today.”
Now under construction, PAMM will be comprised of 120,000 square feet of interior space and 80,000 square feet of exterior space ideal for the display of works of art, educational activities, relaxation and dining. Set to open in fall 2013, the facility will feature an educational complex with a library, auditorium, classrooms, media lab and workshop space.
Prior to joining MAM, Nawi was the assistant curator for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s Abu Dhabi Project. In this role, she was centrally involved in the research and planning of the future Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a contemporary art museum in the United Arab Emirates.
Nawi previously served as the Marjorie Susman curatorial fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She completed her MA at the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and concurrently served as a curatorial fellow at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams. She received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a major in art and a minor in art history and Chicana and Chicano studies.
About Miami Art Museum
Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum’s educational programming currently reaches more than 30,000 people every year, with the largest art education program outside the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Miami Art Museum will reopen as Pérez Art Museum Miami in fall of 2013 in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. The new, expanded museum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County and an educational complex. For more information about Miami Art Museum, visit miamiartmuseum.org or call 305.375.3000.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Miami Art Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. Miami Art Museum is an accessible facility. For sign language interpretation or assistive listening devices please call Miami Art Museum’s education department 305.375.4073 at least five days in advance. Materials in accessible format may be requested.