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As Art Basel Miami Beach Turns 20, Panel of Collectors Discuss Shaping the City as Cultural Destination

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As Art Basel Miami Beach turns 20, a panel brings together collectors who have helped shape the city as a cultural destination. What can we learn from the Miami ecosystem and the collectors who have contributed to it? What have been their parallel journeys over the past two decades? How do they hope to inspire a new generation of collectors and foster new artistic talent?

Participating in this panel discussion are Craig Robins, CEO and President of Dacra, Miami, Carlos & Rosa de la Cruz, business owners and contemporary art collectors, Key Biscayne, Florida, Martin Z. Margulies, Collector, Miami , Katherine Hinds, Curator, Margulies Collection, Miami  and the moderator is  Jane Wooldridge, Senior Director, Miami Herald, Miami.

This panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 30th between 1 and 2 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Conversations will take place in the Auditorium (Grand Ballroom), Level 2, North.  Doors will open 10 min before the event. The conversations are open to the public. All conversations will also be livestreamed with subtitles on the Art Basel Facebook page. A recording will be available on their website after the event. Headsets for hearing aids are available on request in the auditorium.

Craig Robins is an entrepreneur, real-estate developer and art collector focused on developing investing in creative communities that integrate art, design, and architecture to accelerate asset-value creation and enrich urban life. Robins is the Chairman and Founder of Design Miami/, which he owns in partnership with MCH Swiss Exhibition, the producers of Art Basel.

Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz (Havana, Cuba) lived in both New York and Madrid before moving to Key Biscayne in 1975. They have been married since 1962, have five children, 17 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Built over more than 30 years, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz’s art collection – credited by ARTnews, among others, as being one of the most influential in the world – opened to the public in 2009 as the de la Cruz Collection: a privately funded, museum in Miami’s Design District. Admission, annual exhibitions, lectures, and workshops are accessible to the public free of charge. In partnership with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, scholarship programming associated with the collection has impacted the lives of students from New World School of the Arts, Design and Architecture Senior High, Parsons School of Design, and School of Visual Arts, as well as through design competitions.

Martin Margulies, father of four children, is a dedicated community activist with a longstanding commitment to the welfare of underprivileged and disenfranchised people in Miami. Consistently named on lists such as the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors, the Martin Z. Margulies Collection is considered by curators, artists, critics, and dealers as one of the most significant collections of its kind. Focusing on seminal works by the most important names in art history, the collection includes European Modernism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Arte Povera, new media, film, vintage and contemporary photography, large-scale sculpture, and installation art. Margulies is also a founder of and a major contributor to Lotus House Shelter for Homeless Women and Children.

Jane Wooldridge is an award-winning travel, business, and arts journalist. A veteran of the Miami Herald, she has led initiatives melding art, real estate, tourism, economy, and leisure travel, among others. In her current role as Senior Director, she leads partnerships with philanthropic interests to expand local journalism through high-impact initiatives. Wooldridge has covered Art Basel Miami Beach for the Miami Herald since the fair’s inception. In the process, she has chronicled the city’s rise from a cultural unknown to a powerhouse center for visual and performing arts. A passionate traveler, Wooldridge has visited and written about museums and visual-arts communities around the globe.

The Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 Conversations program is curated by Emily Butler.

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Participating in this panel discussion are Alberto Ibargüen, President, Knight Foundation, Miami,  Larissa Harris, Executive Director, Teiger Foundation, New York, Scott Moore, Co-Founder, Gitcoin, Toronto and the moderator is András Szántó, author and cultural strategy advisor, New York.

This panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 30th between 1 and 2 pm at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Alberto Ibargüen is president of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, which promotes informed and engaged communities through grants in support of free expression. The foundation believes strongly that arts and culture are essential to thriving communities: its current funding is focused on the application of digital media in the arts. Including its recently announced commitments, Knight Foundation’s support of the arts in Miami has exceeded USD 200 million over the last 15 years.

Larissa Harris is the inaugural Executive Director of Teiger Foundation, which supports curators in contemporary visual art. A practitioner herself, she was Curator at the Queens Museum until 2020, where in collaboration with thinkers, artists, and her coworkers, she organized a variety of exhibitions including 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair (2014); Mierle Laderman Ukeles: Maintenance Art (2016); and The Conference of the Animals, the first US museum commission of the work of Ulrike Müller (2020).

Scott Moore is a co-founder of Gitcoin, an internet-native community focused on building and funding digital public goods. To date, Gitcoin has helped distribute USD 69 million to builders working on everything from core open-source infrastructure to digital climate solutions. In addition to his work on Gitcoin, Moore is an active steward for other public goods focused DAOs including Ethereum Name Service, Gnosis Safe, Optimism, and PleasrDAO. Previously, he helped advise a number of other related initiatives, including UNICEF’s Digital Public Goods Alliance and Ethereum Foundation Grants.

András Szántó is a widely published author and editor who advises museums, foundations, universities, and corporations on cultural strategy and program development worldwide. His writings have appeared in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, Artnet, and The Art Newspaper, among others. As a consultant, he advises some of the world’s leading museums, cultural institutions and corporate art programs. At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he helped launch and oversee the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium. His most recent book is The Future of the Museum: 28 Dialogues (2021).

The Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 Conversations program is curated by Emily Butler. (

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