Gama, self-taught artist, diagnostic radiologist (Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University) and contemporary art collector discusses his approach to creating empathy, finding meaning and seeing the connection between curation and care, between artistic creativity and medical curiousity.
About the Speaker
Gamaliel “Gama” R. Herrera (bo. San Juan Puerto Rico) is a diagnostic radiologist, self-taught artist, and contemporary art collector. Dr. Herrera was educated in the humanities, natural sciences and medicine at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Following a Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention he was recruited as Instructor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School, and is currently Assistant Professor of Radiology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Pursuing his interests in the arts and culture, from 2004-2009 he founded and directed Space Other, a contemporary art gallery in Boston’s South End. The Space Other Gallery organized exhibition projects in Boston, New York, San Juan, Barcelona, Berlin and Hamburg, and participated in various international art fairs. It’s programming won recognition by producing top shows in the city of Boston and beyond, and was remarked in publications such as The Boston Globe, Artforum, ArtNews, Monopol, El Nuevo Día, and Art Nexus, among others. From 2015-2018 he served on the Advisory Board of the Fundació Gaspar (Gaspar Arts Foundation) in Barcelona, Spain.
Currently, he is the first Puerto Rican and one of three Latinx elected members of the Board of Advisors of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Among several affiliations to cultural organizations, he also serves on the Learning and Community Engagement and the Art of the Americas Curator Circle Steering Committees at the MFA Boston, and on the Collections Committee of the Cornell Museum of Art at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
Dr. Herrera collects contemporary art with a focus on artists of his generation, Latinx and LGBTQ artists, and has supported the exhibition and acquisition of contemporary artworks in various American museum collections, most recently a collection of artworks by Puerto Rican artists to The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum of Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida.
Currently Working On
A shortlist of contemporary artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora for the Collections Committee of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College.
Favorite book: A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari
Favorite museum: Centre Pompidou in Paris