PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI NAMES RENÉ MORALES DIRECTOR OF CURATORIAL AFFAIRS AND CHIEF CURATOR
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announces the new senior appointments of Emma Heald as Director of Development and René Morales as Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator, and changes to the museum staff, including Marie Vickles as Director of Education and Mark B. Rosenblum as Chief Operating Officer.
“Each member of PAMM’s staff plays a vital role in the museum’s success. As Miami’s flagship art museum, we are always diversifying our programming to meet our audiences’ needs and growing the collection at an astounding pace, with works of art that should provide the backdrop to many meaningful dialogues with audiences here in the museum and via the internet in the future,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “Our development team is on track for a significant year of fundraising as we further implement the Impact Fund—PAMM’s new mechanism for annual support—and as we move into 2020. We have good and sound financial health but perhaps most importantly, we touched the lives of 28,000 children alone through PAMM's free arts education programs in 2019.”
These staff members will continue to uphold the museum’s mission to enhance the arts in South Florida and beyond through dynamic public programming, new initiatives, and exhibitions that represent the diversity of the community.
ABOUT RENÉ MORALES
René Morales recently moved into the role of Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at PAMM, where he has organized over 50 exhibitions. Recent projects include Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, 1980–83 (2018), Dara Friedman: Perfect Stranger (2017), Sarah Oppenheimer: S-281913 (2016), Susan Hiller: Lost and Found (2016) and Marjetica Potrc: The School of the Forest (2015)
Morales spearheaded the acquisition of over 300 works from the Sackner Archive for PAMM’s collection, with the support of the Knight Foundation. He is a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellowship, and served as a juror for the Whitney Museum’s 2019 Bucksbaum Prize. He sits on the board of the City of Miami Art in Public Places program, as well as the Professional Advisory Committee of the Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places program. Prior to joining PAMM, he worked at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, where he organized and co-organized several exhibitions, including Island Nations: New Art from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
Morales studied at Swarthmore College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in biopsychology and art history, and Brown University, where he received a Master of Arts in art history, focusing on the work of Odilon Redon.