The Spanish-spoken community of Miami is officially everywhere. The name change from Miami Art Museum to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) became a flash point, however. After the renaming motion passed the board of trustees, four of them quit in protest – including Mary Frank, who, along with her husband, Howard (then chief operating officer of Carnival Corp.), took out a full-page newspaper ad opposing the move. Their argument: An art museum with a specific donor’s name attached would erode the chances of future gifts from other–perhaps deeper-pocketed–donors. Pérez says he doesn’t see how that has hurt the Getty or Guggenheim museums. And he suspects that there may be another issue at play. “This is the first major institution in the United States with a Hispanic name,” he says. “Look around. You don’t see them.” (Source: Forbes)
Jorge Pérez. Photo: Andrew Milne
The Museum continues to serve one of the most diverse populations in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a confluence of Caribbean, North American, and South American cultures adds vibrancy and variety to civic activity. Pérez Art Museum Miami supports progressive arts education, builds community cohesiveness, and catalyzes the continued revitalization of downtown. With its opening downtown Miami has transformed into a central destination on Miami’s cultural map.
Ulla von Brandenburg, It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon, 2016 (still). Digital color video, transferred from Super 16mm film, with sound, 22’25”. Courtesy the artist and Art: Concept, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyrogla
The Museum began collecting in 1996 with a focus on art from the 20th and 21st centuries and the cultures of the Atlantic Rim (the Americas, Western Europe, and Africa). The collection is attuned to the globalization of the art world and reflects the transmission of ideas across continents, while still concentrating on those issues and themes that are most pertinent to Miami audiences. Another essential aspect of the collection is the acquisition of works by artists from South Florida. Together, these collecting goals create a dynamic interplay between local, regional, and global perspectives.
In addition, Verde, the waterfront restaurant & bar at PAMM, offers fresh, modern cuisine and cocktails. Do not miss out!
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Thursday till 21:00)
Address: Miami 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132
Admission: Adults $16, Seniors $12, Students $12, Children (under 6) Free
Tel: 305 375 3000
Text: Victor Moreno
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