On Saturday, March 2, Pérez Art Museum Miami and the University of Miami Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies Program presented "Prisoners of the Sun," a conversation between artist Hew Locke and Kobena Mercer, Yale University Professor of the History of Art and African American Studies.
The Museum is commissioning works by four renowned international artists to be presented at the Museum's reopening as Pérez Art Museum Miami in its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility in December 2013. The artists, Yael Bartana (b. 1970, Kfar Yehezkel, Israel), Bouchra Khalili (b. 1975, Casablanca, Morocco), Hew Locke (b. 1959, Edinburgh, Scotland) and Monika Sosnowska (b. 1972, Ryki, Poland), are among the leading contemporary artists working around the world today. Each artist will explore Miami and engage with its cultural community in a year-long creative process designed to encourage the creation of new work, cultural exchange, and public interaction with the artists and Museum. The installations will be on view in the new Museum's expanded exhibition space, and the Museum will look to acquire them for its permanent collection. This event was co-sponsored by University of Miami Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies Program.