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June 17, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In-Person: An Afternoon with Dani Levinas & Silvia Karman Cubiñá


June 17, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with



The Guardians of Art: Conversations with Major Collectors

(La Fabrica, $33.00)

Saturday, June 17th, 5:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an afternoon with Dani Levinas & Silvia Karman Cubiñá discussing his book: The Guardians of Art: Conversations with Major Collectors (La Fabrica, $33.00).

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

The world’s leading collectors describe their singular passion for acquiring and sharing contemporary art

In The Guardians of Art, DC-based collector Dani Levinas brings together 34 of the most outstanding names in contemporary art collecting, embracing a diverse range of characters who talk with him about the motivations behind their drive to collect and about their ways of sharing their passion for art with the wider public. In his conversations with the Rubells, Dakis Joannou, Martin Z. Margulies and many others, Levinas, himself a major collector who has served on the boards of the Phillips Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Reina Sof a, emerges as a brilliant interlocutor and an authoritative collector of collectors.

Featured collectors include: Alain Dominique Perrin, Rosa de la Cruz, Helga de Alvear, Lia Rumma, Lekha Poddar, Dakis Joannou, Aaron and Barbara Levine, Giorgio Spanu, Jan Mulder, Sheikha Al Mayassa, Teixeira de Freitas, Jarl Mohn, Mitchell Rales and Emily Wei Rales, Susana Lloret, Don and Mera Rubell, Eugenio L pez Alonso, Jos Dar o Guti rrez, Armando Martins, Ernesto Poma, Thomas Kaplan, Jonathan Ruffer, Juan Carlos Maldonado, Anita Zabludowicz, Eddie and Sylvia Brown, Grazyna Kulczyk, Estrellita Brodsky, Alain Servais, Elena Rueda, Marcos and Rafael Mart n, Javier Lumbreras, Martin Z. Margulies, Rafael Tous, Harald Falckenberg, J. Tomlinson Hill and Han Nefkens.


About the Author:

Dani Levinas is the chairman Emeritus of the Phillips Collection, the first modern art museum in the United States, founded by Duncan Phillips in 1921.

He also serves on the board of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and previously held a seat on the board of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington D.C.

Levinas regularly participates in conversations and conferences about art, collecting, and trends in the contemporary art world including guest lecturer role teaching a course titled “The art industry” at the Universidad Europea of Madrid.

He is a regular contributor to El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, about art and patronage.

Levinas has organized exhibitions including one featuring Argentinian artist Leon Ferrari at the Arlington Art Center in Virginia as well as Argentina In Focus: Cristian Segura / Sergio Vega at the Museum of the Americas in Washington D.C.

Levinas is a contemporary art collector together with his wife, Mirella, a member of the Reina Sofia Museum board. Their collection is international with a large focus on Latin American artists.

About the Moderator:

Since 2008, Silvia Karman Cubiñá has held the position of Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Bass in Miami Beach. During her tenure, Ms. Cubiñá led a $12 million institutional transformation, complete with a building renovation by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Arata Isozaki and David Gauld. Throughout this time, the museum’s annual budget and full-time staff quadrupled and the board grew from three members to thirty. Prior to The Bass, Ms. Cubiñá was the Director of The Moore Space, Miami, from 2002-2008. She also held the position of Adjunct Curator at INOVA, the Institute of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.|

Ms. Cubiñá has curated numerous exhibitions, lectured extensively, and has participated in grant panels and award selection committees, including serving as a juror for both the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Award 2006 and the 2008 Biennale de Lyon. In 2007, she was a finalist for the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement and a fellow in the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) fellowship program. Ms. Cubiñá served on the Knight Foundation National Arts Advisory Board and, in 2012, she was awarded the distinction of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 1997, she was the Puerto Rico commissioner to the Bienal de São Paolo.

In her role as Chief Curator of The Bass, Ms. Cubiñá has organized more than 30 major exhibitions including: Where Do We Go From Here: Selections from la Colección Jumex (2009), Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves (2011), Ugo Rondinone: good evening beautiful blue (2017), The Haas Brothers: Ferngully (2018), Haegue Yang: In the Cone of Uncertainty (2019) and Mickalene Thomas: Better Nights (2019), all while at The Bass; Jim Lambie: Paradise Garage (2004), Miami Calling…Jonathan Monk (2005), Allora & Calzadilla: Clamor (2006) and Kalup Linzy (2008) during her time at The Moore Space; and Pepón Osorio: Door to Door (2002).

Married and a mother of two, Ms. Cubiñá is fluent in English, Spanish and French; proficient in Italian.