Meet the Institutions | The Pérez Art Museum Miami

December 3, 2019 0 By Kody Olson

The Pérez Art Museum Miami focuses
on international modern and contemporary art. We try to be best in class
in Latin American art, Caribbean art, art of the African Diaspora. We’re really talking about a global context as it relates to Miami’s cultural dynamics. PAMM started as a non-collecting institution
as the Center for Fine Arts in 1984. And then it slowly evolved
into a collecting institution in 1997. It became the Miami Art Museum. And then we opened in 2013 this building and we became the Pérez Art Museum Miami. The architecture
of this building is very unique and it really drives a lot of what we do or how we think about the program. And it is very much a public space. Herzog & de Meuron really embedded
a program into the architecture. There are very different spaces. There are large galleries
for the special exhibitions, there are small galleries for projects. And then there are medium-sized galleries
that we often refer to as focus galleries, focusing on one artist,
showing multiple works or a small thematic. And then there are six
permanent collection galleries. And all of these spaces
very much flow into each other. Miami is such an interesting place as someone interested
in the dynamics of art and culture because you feel a part of something
that’s growing and changing and evolving. We’re not trying to reinvent the city. We’re actually building a city. You know, Basel has been
an incredible energizer for art in this city and I think it continues to be. We think about the Basel moment
in the city here as something to use in different ways. We always have the Thursday Night of Basel. We usually have a performance
for people to come and enjoy the shows. I would like people to feel
a connection to what they’re seeing, and to feel that art is not in some place
that’s very far from their experience. Contemporary art is about contemporary life. And so if you
can make that connection to people and realize that this art
is about your experience and to sort of engage
in that language on a personal level is what we’re always trying to think about.