Pérez Art Museum Miami has received a $1 million grant, funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for the purchase of contemporary works by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection.
The gift was made in anticipation of the opening of the museum’s new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility in December 2013, which will provide expanded exhibition space to showcase PAMM’s growing collections and develop new programming related to the artists in the collection.
To support the planning and selection process, the museum has put together an advisory committee, that PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander leads, comprised of renowned curators, art historians and artists. To date, PAMM has purchased three works for the permanent collection with the committee’s support:
• Al Loving, “Untitled #32”, (1975): Untitled #32 is an important example of Loving’s technique of tearing apart his canvases and sewing them together
• Faith Ringgold, “Black Light Series #1: Big Black”, (1967): The piece is part of a series of works in which the artist explored a dark palette that specifically excluded the use of white paint.
• Xaviera Simmons, “Untitled (Pink)”, (2009): Simmons’ photographs reference and challenge Western notions of the “pastoral” or “sublime.”
These new pieces join other significant PAMM collection works by African American artists such as Lorna Simpson, Carrie May Weems and Leonardo Drew.
Source : Oscar Musibay