Pérez Art Museum Miami

Pérez Art Museum Miami

 

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a contemporary art museum that relocated in 2013 to the Museum Park in Downtown Miami, Florida. Founded in 1984 as the Center for the Fine Arts, it became known as the Miami Art Museum from 1996 until it was renamed in 2013 upon the opening its new building designed by Herzog & de Meuron at 1103 Biscayne Boulevard. PAMM, along with the $275 million Patricia Frost Museum of Science and a city park which are being built in the area with completion scheduled for 2015, is part of the 20-acre Museum Park (formerly Bicentennial Park)

Since the opening of the new museum building at Museum Park, the museum has seen record attendance levels with over 150,000 visitors in its first four months. The museum had originally anticipated over 200,000 visitors in its first year at the new location. At its former location on Flagler Street, the museum received on average about 60,000 visitors annually.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is directly served by rapid transit at Museum Park Metromoverstation and by Metrorail via transfer at Government Centerstation.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The focus of the museum is 20th century and contemporary art, as well as cultures of the Atlantic Rim, which it defines as the Americas, Western Europe and Africa. At the time of the new building’s opening, the museum’s holdings included 1,800 objects, nearly 500 of which were acquired in 2013, including pieces by John Baldessari , Olafur Eliasson  and Dan Flavin. In its permanent collections, there are second half of the Twentieth Century and Contemporary works by Purvis Young , Joseph Cornell, Kenhinde Wiley, James Rosenquist, Frank Stella, and Kiki Smith . Much of the museum’s current collection has been donated, with 110 works coming from Jorge M. Pérez,among them pieces by the Cuban painters Jose Bedia Valdes  and Wilfredo Lam , as well as the Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Damian Ortega, the Uruguayan Joaquin Torres-Garcia  and the Colombia Beatriz Gonzalez . In 2013, museum trustee and Miami developer Craig Robins pledged 102 paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works from his personal collection.

Pérez Art Museum Miami

In 2012, Pérez pledged $500,000 to establish an acquisitions fund for African-American art, matched shortly after by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2014, the museum launched the Ambassador of African American Art programme, its first-ever affiliate group, which invites donors to contribute directly to the fund.

After the opening of the new museum building, the museum has seen over 150,000 visitors in its first four months and 300,000 visitors in its first 12 months.According to The Art Newspaper’s annual survey of museum attendance, the “old” Miami Art Museum (PAMM’s predecessor) attracted 54,295 visitors in 2012 — a weak showing in a metropolitan area with a population of five million people

Pérez Art Museum Miami

As the Miami Art Museum, the museum had an annual operating budget of $6 million. After the inauguration of the new building and the museum’s renaming, the budget has increased to $16 million per annum, with a rapid increase of staff and curators. In 2013-14, Miami-Dade County provided $2.5 million of this (up from $1.9 million the previous year)

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