January 29, 2014

The Port: Celebrating the PAMM Fund for African American Art

Tennis Champ Venus Williams, Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, Artist Faith Ringgold, and Civic Leaders Kick Off the PAMM Fund for African American Art on January 28.

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) held a kick-off event in celebration of the PAMM Fund for African American Art, a fund dedicated for the purchase of contemporary works by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection. Tennis champion Venus Williams, award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, artist Faith Ringgold, and artist Rashid Johnson attended in support. Pérez Art Museum Miami Director Thom Collins, Antonia Williams-Gary, the longest serving African American trustee at PAMM, and Knight Foundation CEO and President Alberto Ibargüen addressed the crowd before visitors viewed the first works acquired through the fund and works by African American artists which are on view as part of PAMM’s premiere exhibitions including pieces by: Al Loving, Faith Ringgold, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Rashid Johnson, Leonardo Drew, and more.

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About the PAMM Fund for African American Art: The PAMM Fund for African American Art builds on PAMM’s long-standing commitment to exhibiting and collecting work by African American artists. It was initiated by a $1 million grant, funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The museum hopes to raise additional funds to support a multi-year initiative to purchase significant works by African American artists for PAMM’s permanent collection.

Host Committee for the Kick-Off Celebration for the PAMM Fund for African American Art: Retha S. Boone-Fye, Mireille Chancy Gonzalez, Barron Channer, Jaret L. Davis, Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Rosie Gordon Wallace, Jennifer & Gerald Grant, Carole & Ira Hall, Carla & Marlon Hill, Deborah & Larry Hoffman, Marilyn Holifield, Jerome & Angelique Hutchinson, Susana & Alberto Ibargüen, Louis-Albert Jolivert, Roberta & David Lawrence, Dr. Aida Levitan, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Deryl McKissack, Gail Meyers & Andrew Hall, Marijean & Rafael Miyar, Jumaane N’Namdi, Pat Papper, Bill & Beverly Parker, Darlene & Jorge Pérez, Dorothy & Aaron Podhurst, Toni & Carl Randolph, Terry Schechter, Debra & Dennis Scholl, Dr. Wallis & Dinizulu Gene Tinnie, Padma & Raj Vattikuti, Susie & Walid Wahab, Venus Williams, Antonia Williams-Gary