My Art Guide Miami 2019 is a paper and digital issue dedicated to Art Basel in Miami Beach and the art week in Miami and the beaches, available online and on iOS and Android app.
This new edition has been developed thanks to an incredible editorial committee formed by René Morales (Interim Director of Curatorial Affairs at Pérez Art Museum Miami ) and collectors Monica and Javier Jr Mora.
The committee has been working to select the best and most interesting art spaces and exhibitions in Miami plus a cool selection of the best restaurants and hotels in town.
René Morales is Interim Director of Curatorial Affairs at Pérez Art Museum Miami (formerly Miami Art Museum), where he has organized nearly 60 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), Marjetica Potrc: The School of the Forest (2015), Nicolas Lobo: The Leisure Pit (2015), Global Positioning Systems: Selections from the PAMM Collection (2014–15), Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity, A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, and Monika Sosnowska: Market (2013–14).
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 programme. 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 B.A. in Biopsychology and Art History, and Brown University, where he received an M.A. in Art History, focusing on the work of Odilon Redon.
Monica Mora de Mendoza, together with her husband Javier Mora, started collecting Pre-Colombian artifacts/art in Venezuela. It did not take much time for them to realise their passion for Contemporary art which leads to the collection they have today. During the 80s and the 90s, the collection was mainly acquired by the two of them. Their family collection includes works by Jonas Wood, Leah Glenn, Sadie Benning, Math Bass, Soto, Nara, Murakami, Olafur Eliasson, Mark Grotjahn, Harold Ancart, Orozco, Sterling Ruby, Jim Hodges, Anselm Keifer, Mark Bradford, Rashid Johnson, Barbara Kruger, Keith Haring, Dahn Vo, Joe Bradley, Florian Maier-Aachen.
Javier Mora Jr., the son of Monica and Javier Mora, helped his parents build their collection over the years: selecting works, participating in their open houses for Art Basel Miami and suggesting artists to the Mora Art Collection. He is a foodie, an art collector and a representative of the family collection as all his brothers and sisters. His personal collection includes works by Kasper Sonne, Jonas Wood, Kadar Brock, Johny Robles, Nick Doyle, Leah Glenn, JPW3, Sofia Leiby, Sterling Ruby, Blaise Rosenthal.
- Renè Morales © Lazaro Llanes
- Collectors Monica and Javier Jr Mora