Conversations: June 22, 2020
On June 22, 2020, René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Peréz Art Museum Miami, joined artist Xavier Cortada in a conversation about the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode of the Miami Corona Project, they discuss the role of institutions like museums in supporting communities through pandemics. They examine the virus’ impact on Miami and its intersections with race inequalities and climate change and how art can drive important conversations about these issues.
About René Morales
René Morales is Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami, where he has organized over 50 exhibitions.
Morales has spearheaded numerous major acquisitions for PAMM’s permanent collection, including a set of nearly 400 works from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, as well as over 50 works purchased through PAMM’s Collectors Council.
He has written essays for various publications, including Cabinet and numerous exhibition catalogues. Morales is currently teaching Museum History and Theory/Curatorial Practices at Florida International University.
Prior to joining PAMM (formerly Miami Art Museum), Morales worked at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. Morales, who grew up in Miami, received his BA from Swarthmore College and his MA in Art History from Brown University.