As director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Bonnie Clearwater transformed the once-obscure institution into a museum of international stature. She hopes to accomplish a similar feat as the new director of the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale.
“I’d like to see us as a developer of content, exhibitions and scholarship,” she says. In the past, the museum has hosted some impressive traveling exhibitions, but Clearwater believes with its permanent collections, art academy and affiliation with Nova Southeastern University, the institution can develop into a world-class artistic force in its own right.
The museum’s collection of works from the radical, post World War II CoBrA movement, and its more sublime collection of works by William J. Glackens, known as America’s Renoir, form a solid foundation upon which to build. “These collections aren’t replicated anywhere, and it’s important that we highlight them,” Clearwater says.
From the Golda and Meyer Marks CoBrA Collection, part of the permanent collections at Museum of Art| Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University: Karel Appel’s Personnage (Personality I), 1968, oil on canvas. © Copyright for the image is retained by the artist
or artist estate.