Pérez Art Museum Miami presents Lights Out: PAMM Summer Screenings

MIAMI - Thursday, July 11, 2013 - Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will open its new, Biscayne Bay-front home to the public this December. While the lights are out, join PAMM for a series of screenings taking place at locations around Miami. 

Thursday, July 18, 7pm
and Europe will be stunned by Yael Bartana

Presented by PAMM and MDC's Tower Theater
MDC's Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami
$10 general admission; $8 MDC staff and non-MDC students; $6 PAMM members and Tower Theater members, Miami Film Society members, and MDC students. 
(Tickets available at box office. Seating is limited. First come, first seated. PAMM members reserve seats in advance.)

Among the most celebrated artists of her generation, Yael Bartana (b. 1970) lives between Tel Aviv and Berlin.  Her critically acclaimed, and Europe will be stunned is a trilogy of short films with which she represented Poland at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). The three films—Mary Koszmary (Nightmares) (2007), Mur I wieza (Wall and Tower) (2009), and Zamach (Assassination) (2011)—will be screened for the first time in Miami as part of PAMM Summer Screenings.

The trilogy revolves around the activities of the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a political group that calls for the return of 3,300,000 Jews to Poland, the land of their forefathers. Traversing a landscape scarred by the histories of competing nationalisms and militarisms, the films overflow with the narratives of the Israeli settlement movement, Zionist dreams, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and the Palestinian right of return.

Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi will introduce the trilogy. This screening is part of a series of public programs that contextualizes the work of artists who have been commissioned to create new projects that will debut with the opening of Pérez Art Museum Miami in December 2013. For her project at PAMM, commissioned in conjunction with the Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon, Israel, Bartana is researching and producing a work in São Paulo focused on the rise of Pentecostalism in Brazil.

Thursday, August 1, 6pm
A film program curated and introduced by artist Bouchra Khalili

Presented by PAMM and Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall
Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
(Post-screening reception at Dream South Beach, 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach)
$10 general admission; $9 student or senior; $8 PAMM members and MBC members. 
(Tickets available at box office. Seating is limited. First come, first seated. PAMM members reserve seats in advance.)

Bouchra Khalili (b. 1975) currently lives and works in Berlin. Her work employs a mode of poetic documentation to investigate discourses and strategies of resistance as elaborated and narrated by members of minority communities. In addition to exhibiting her own work internationally, including her current participation in the exhibition at the Central Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale, Khalili is a founding member and film curator of the Cinémathèque de Tanger, in Tangiers, Morocco.

For this program, Khalili has selected two films by African filmmakers which constitute seminal works questioning self-representation. These films by pioneering Senegalese directors portray the point of view of colonized migrants, subverting dominant Eurocentric post-colonial narratives:

  • Black Girl. Directed by Ousmane Sembene. 1966. 65 min. French with English subtitles.
    In Black Girl, Senegalese novelist and director, Ousmane Sembene, often hailed as the “father of African film,” tells the heart-rending story of a Senegalese servant, Diouana (Mbissine Thérèse Diop). Traversing Dakar and the French Riviera, the film’s revolutionary perspective focuses on the individual dreams, desires, and struggles of Diouana. These experiences are set against those of her callous French employers, a couple referred to only as Madame and Monsieur, who react to the decline of their once secure social positions, in both locales. In the context of Senegal’s recent independence (1960), shifting post-colonial economics, identities, and power dynamics come to light through this emotionally and visually compelling drama.
  • Afrique sur Seine. Directed by Mamadou Sarr, Paulin Soumanou Vieyra. 1955. 22 min. French with English subtitles.
    While Africans were banned from making films in the French colonies prior to independence, Mamadou Sarr and Paulin Soumanou Vieyra were granted permission to shoot Afrique sur Seine, in Paris. Both were members of the "African Cinema Group," producing films in a colonial era as a gesture of resistance. Afrique sur Seine focuses on a community of Africans living in Paris, observing French society as colonial ethnographers had observed Africa, reversing the perspective, and "decolonizing" their look and their mind. 

This screening is part of a series of public programs that contextualizes the work of artists who have been commissioned to create new projects that will debut with the opening of Pérez Art Museum Miami in December 2013. Khalili has been invited to create a new video work based on research undertaken in New York.

Saturday, September 28, 4pm
Tea by Mario Garcia Torres
With an introduction by the artist

Presented by PAMM and MDC's Tower Theater
MDC's Tower Theater, 1508 S.W. Eighth St., Miami 
(Post-screening reception location to be announced)
$10 general admission; $8 seniors, MDC staff, and non-MDC students; $6 PAMM members, Tower Theater members, Miami Film Society members, and MDC students. 
(Tickets available at box office. Seating is limited. First come, first seated. PAMM members reserve seats in advance.)

Tea is a film essay documenting artist Mario Garcia Torres’s journey to One Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, a hotel opened in 1971 by Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti (b. 1940– d. 1994). The hotel closed due to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. The Garcia Torres considers his relationship to Boetti’s work and life through a subjective blurring of time and geography. What does it mean to return to a place while visiting it for the first time? Might a guest become a host due to a years-late arrival? How far, really, is Afghanistan from Mexico? Garcia Torres considers these questions in his poetic inquiry into the nature of storytelling, the presumed truth of history, and the appeal of the unreachable gesture. 

Mario Garcia Torres was born in 1975 in Monclova, Mexico, and lives in Mexico City. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010), the Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2009), the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2009), and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007). He has participated in the Bienal de São Paulo (2010), the Taipei Biennial (2010), and the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007).

This public program marks the first visit for Mario Garcia Torres to Miami while working on a new project for PAMM. Followed by a reception. Location to be announced.

About Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), formerly Miami Art Museum, opens to the public in December 2013 in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. Pérez Art Museum Miami is focused on collecting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art that represents Miami’s cultural diversity, while providing progressive educational and community programming. Designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Museum’s new, cutting-edge facility will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County and an educational complex. Pérez Art Museum Miami was originally founded as Center for Fine Arts, and was strictly an exhibiting organization with no collection of its own. In 1996, as part of an institution-wide reorganization, the museum was renamed Miami Art Museum and dedicated itself to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with a special emphasis on art of the Americas. In January 2011 work began on a cutting-edge building with generous spaces to showcase its art holdings and attract more top caliber exhibitions. Pérez Art Museum Miami will be located at 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132, in between the Arsht Center and the AmericanAirlines Arena. For more information, call 305.375.3000 or visit pamm.org.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts; with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners. It is an accessible facility.

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