The Rubell Family Collection (RFC) was started in New York in 1964 when Don and Mera Rubell were first married. Since 1993 it has been displayed in Miami at its current, 45,000 square-foot location inside a former Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility. RFC first opened to the public in 1994. In 1998 the non-profit Contemporary Arts Foundation (CAF) was created to expand the Collection’s public mission inside the paradigm of a contemporary art museum.
Each year CAF presents thematic exhibitions drawn from the collection with accompanying catalogs. These shows often travel to museums around the country. Recently, CAF exhibitions have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York and the Palm Springs Art Museum in California. To date, CAF has published 14 catalogs. Sponsors for recent exhibitions have included U.S. Trust and Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Corporate Investments, Puma and Audi.
CAF also maintains an internship program, an ongoing lecture series and an extensive artwork loan program to facilitate exhibitions at museums around the world. Its ongoing partnership with Miami-Dade County Public schools enables thousands of schoolchildren to visit and engage with the Foundation every year. In addition, CAF maintains a public research library containing over 40,000 volumes and a comprehensive contemporary art bookstore.
Since opening in 1994, RFC has been recognized as the pioneer of what is often referred to as the “Miami model,” whereby private collectors create a new, independent form of public institution.
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