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William Cordova Now’s the Time: Narratives of Southern Alchemy is the first extensive museum survey of cultural practitioner William Cordova (b. 1969, Lima; lives in Miami, Lima, and New York). It presents a selection of works embodying the three main themes that have inspired the work of this celebrated Miami artist for decades: transmission, alchemy, and transcendence. In his nationally and internationally recognized drawings, sculptures, installations, and collaborative projects, Cordova collapses linear concepts of time and history to address contemporary notions of displacement. Like an ethnographer, he extensively researches symbols, people and the common threads that binds different cultures to one another, foregoing the boundaries between the past and the present. Then, he uses ephemeral and precarious materials to create elegant works that challenge traditional Western typologies. Striving to create a flexible and critical space for the understanding of our contemporary moment, he builds bridges between various intersecting narratives such as architecture, cinema, literature, and music. This exhibition will be the artist’s first ever U.S. survey exhibition and will be accompanied by an extensive museum catalogue. Times Read: 0

This exhibition presents a series of humanizing and intimate photographs by Sid Grossman (b. 1913, New York; d. 1955, Provincetown, Massachusetts). Grossman was a founding member of the Photo League (1936–51), a group of primarily Jewish photographers active in New York, who used their medium to shed light on issues of social inequality in the urban environment following the Great Depression. The league ceased to function in 1951, four years after it was blacklisted as a subversive political group during the second Red Scare—a period in American politics and culture that centered on an intense fear of communism.   Times Read: 0

In its scale and complexity, El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves – Venecia 2017 is one of Liliana Porter’s most ambitious projects to date. The piece serves as a form of retrospective, as it contains many of the characters, groupings, or situations that have appeared repeatedly in Porter’s works over the last three decades. The installation takes its name from the tiny figure of a man with an axe, shown hacking away at an elongated pile of fragmented objects. In a world where we are increasingly from one place and living in another, and in a city like Miami that is populated with many immigrants and travelers, Porter’s philosophical reflections resonate strongly, while they simultaneously and persistently confound. Times Read: 0

Femme à la montre (Woman with a Watch) is a classic example of Pablo Picasso’s highly prized works from 1932. The subject of this painting, Marie-Thérèse Walter, is among his most revered. Between 1927 and 1937 he made countless pictures of Walter, who was his lover at the time and is known as his “golden muse.” The subject of a current museum survey in London—the year 1932—was a particularly fruitful year in Picasso’s production. Most of the works produced in that year are in the collections of major museums in the world’s largest capitals; PAMM is fortunate to be able to present this important work on loan from a private collector.   Times Read: 0

The Sacred Ground exhibit gives the public an exclusive peek into the archives and grounds of the Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery. With ledgers dating back to 1915, the park is one of the oldest cemeteries in the area and serves as a historic landmark to the African American community. Notable graves include: Kelsey Phar, first owner of the cemetery; (died 1964) H.E.S. Reeves, founder of the Miami Times, the county’s oldest Black-owned newspaper; (died 1970) Gwen Cherry, the first African-American woman to serve as a state legislator in Florida; (died 1979) Dana A. Dorsey, Miami’s first Black millionaire; (died 1940) Rev. John Culmer, rector of the Historical St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown; (died 1963) Participants will have access to a number of artifacts related to the cemetery as well as the Caretakers exhibit at Gallery 109. The exhibit, which was featured in the Miami Herald, is comprised of a photographic essay and documentary video on the project, by renowned Herald photographer Carl Juste and C. W. Griffin. The focus of this show is the role of the different caretakers of the cemetery. A rich schedule of related events will include visual and performance artists’ presentations, academic lectures and educational […]

This exhibition displays the art of Abdiel Acosta. A Miami native, Acosta received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Acosta was awarded the Presidential Scholarship, Maryland Institute Scholarship, National Art Honor Society Scholarship, Seymour Mandeldaum and the William Ferguson Merit Scholarship. His work has been published in the Mystic River Press and the Latin Network for the Visual Arts. He has participated in group exhibitions in the Arts Center of South Florida, O & Y Gallery, Alexey von Schlippe Gallery of Art at the University of Connecticut, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami International University of Art and Design, San Carlos Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art and the New World School of the Arts. Acosta is a full-time art teacher in Miami-Dade County Public School since 2005. Acosta’s art primarily employs the East Asian technique of ink wash painting and focuses on maritime and aquatic themes, incorporating realism as well as mythological imagery.   Times Read: 0

Over the course of more than 30 years, Arthur Jafa (b. 1960, Tupelo, Mississippi; lives in New York) has examined prevailing assumptions about race and identity through an interdisciplinary practice that combines film, installation, sculpture, and performance. His much-celebrated 2016 video Love is the Message, the Message is Death (recently acquired by Pérez Art Museum Miami through the PAMM Collectors Council) captures the powerful emotions that underlie the African American experience, past and present. Encompassing scenes of heightened beauty and humor, as well as instances of horrific violence, the work testifies to the immense cultural achievements of African Americans while alluding to the pain and suffering that black people have endured throughout this country’s history. The artist set the video to the soaring, gospel-inspired 2016 song “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West, the lyrics of which redouble the sense of hope, suffering, and transcendence that envelops Jafa’s landmark creation. Times Read: 0

This exhibition examines the paintings of Miami-based artist Lynne Golob Gelfman in relation to the Modernist tradition of the grid. Through repetition of both linear and geometric forms, the artist’s diverse series reveal her interest in late-modernist explorations of this rectilinear form, while concurrently evidencing her resistance to its formal rules and cool abstraction, through her references to non-western aesthetics and both the urban and natural environment of Miami. Times Read: 0

At the core of PAMM’s care, collection and presentation of artworks is the belief that art is a special language, a particular human gift as unique form of expression, and one that should be valued and shared. The permanent collection is the most lasting manifestation of the museum’s belief in preserving and sharing this gift for the current public and for future generations. For the presentation of the museum’s permanent collection during PAMM’s 35th anniversary year, this understanding of art is being conflated conceptually with the celebration of donations of art that have been made to the museum during the last several decades. The artworks currently on view represent outstanding examples of the now more than 2,500 works that have been gifted to the museum since it first became a collecting institution in 1994. Times Read: 0

PAMM members are invited to preview Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83: A Documentary Exhibition, one day ahead of the general public. After your visit, check out the rest of our exhibitions: Femme à la montre by Pablo Picasso, Arthur Jafa: Love is the Message, the Message is Death, Grids: A Selection of Paintings by Lynne Golob Gelfman, and The Gift of Art: Permanent Collection Exhibition. Times Read: 0

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) presents Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Biscayne Bay, Greater Miami, Florida, 1980-83: A Documentary Exhibition, an exhibition of archival materials and artworks around the renowned artists’ site-specific 1983 installation, Surrounded Islands, in Miami’s Biscayne Bay. On view from October 5, 2018 through February 17, 2019, the exhibition commemorates the 35th anniversary of Surrounded Islands—an anniversary that also coincides with the founding of PAMM’s predecessor institution, Center for Fine Arts. The history of Surrounded Islands is inseparable from PAMM’s origins, and the exhibition reinforces the idea that the museum’s evolution is inextricable from the development of Miami as both a city and an artistic hub. Times Read: 0

Ebony G. Patterson . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . presents the work of Kingston-born artist Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981). The most significant presentation of the artist’s work to date, the project includes examples of the artist’s work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden. Known for her drawings, tapestries, videos, sculptures and installations that involve surfaces layered with flowers, glitter, lace and beads, Patterson’s works investigate forms of embellishment as they relate to youth culture within disenfranchised communities. Her neo-baroque works address violence, masculinity, “bling,” visibility and invisibility within the post-colonial context of her native Jamaica and within black youth culture globally. This exhibition focuses on the role that gardens have played in her practice, referenced as spaces of both beauty and burial; environments filled with fleeting aesthetics and mourning. Times Read: 0