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To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of MOCA's Joan Lehman Building Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater will discuss MOCA's 1996 landmark inaugural exhibition "Defining the Nineties: Consensus-making in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles" at the de La Cruz Collection on Thursday, February 17 at 7 pm. This was the first major museum exhibition in the U.S. to consider the artists who emerged in the 1990s. Through her extensive research of the art world, Ms. Clearwater analyzed the way consensus was formed in the early 1990s on new artists in three distinct art centers: New York,Miami and Los Angeles. The strong inclusion of Miami artists in the exhibition as well as the focus on the contribution to the consensus process by local collectors, artists, curators, gallerists and critics, marked the rising importance of Miami in the international art world; a position that has continued to strengthen after the arrival of Art Basel Miami Beach in 2001.

Ms. Clearwater is Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Prior to joining MOCA in 1994, she was Curator of The Mark Rothko Foundation, New York, Director of Art Programs, Lannan Foundation, LA; Director and Chief Curator of the Lannan Museum, Lake Worth, FL, and private curator for Leonard and Evelyn Lauder and Peter and Eileen Norton. She has curated numerous exhibitions including Mark Rothko: Works on Paper for the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Ed Ruscha: Words Without Thought, and
Alfredo Jaar, Lannan Museum and Williams College Museum; and at MOCA
Frank Stella at 2000: Changing the Rules; Albert Oehlen; Jorge Pardo: House; Jonathan Meese:Sculpture; Shinique Smith; Making Art in Miami;The House at MOCA; among others. A renowned art historian, her publications include The Rothko Book (Tate/Abrams); West Coast Duchamp (ed. and contributing author, Grassfield Press); Ana Mendieta: A Book of Works (Grassfield Pres) Julian Schnabel: Versions of Chuck and other Works (Derneburg); Ed Ruscha: Words Without Thoughts (Abrams); and the upcoming monograph on Rita Ackermann (Rizzoli)

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