Bonnie Clearwater Answers All Our Questions
By Greg Carannante, City & Shore Magazine
November 1, 2019
A retrospective of Bonnie Clearwater’s art-world wayfaring would extend from New York and Los Angeles to South Florida, where she helped to cultivate Miami’s emergence as an international arts center and, most recently, spearheaded the transformation of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.
After becoming director and chief curator six years ago, she’s overseen a major rebranding of the former Museum of Art and an expansion of the museum’s local, national and international reach. Recognized for her vision as a curator, her scholarship and her achievements in public education and community outreach, Clearwater has developed a world-class exhibition program in Fort Lauderdale while growing the museum’s education initiatives and public programming.
Before taking the reins at NSU Art Museum, Clearwater was executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, where over 16 years she developed an internationally renowned program. Over the past two decades, she’s presented U.S. solo museum debuts for some of today’s most significant artists and curated important solo exhibitions of such major names as Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein. The recently opened Happy! embellishes her catalog of groundbreaking thematic exhibitions.
As she prepares this month’s opening of another curatorial accomplishment, a major exhibition on surrealism in Latin America, the Miami Beach resident took a moment to answer our standard set of Quote Unquote questions.
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