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On February 6, PAMM Curator René Morales introduced Toronto-based composer, artist and scholar, Mitchell Akiyama to discuss the subject of animals and language in relation to Bik Van der Pol's Speechless, previously on view at PAMM. Akiyama's text in "Land & Animal & Nonanimal" served as an important point of reference in the development of the exhibition.
In concurrence with his midcareer retrospective exhibition on display this past winter at PAMM, artist Nari Ward (known for his dramatic sculptural installations) and Associate Curator Diana Nawi delivered a tribute for artworks that have been destroyed over the course of Ward’s 20-year practice. The performative talk was a meditation on labor, leisure and remembering.
On February 18, 2016, Pérez Art Museum Miami was buzzing with excitement and events.
Pérez Art Museum Miami’s Third Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art had its most successful year to date, with attendance doubling to more than 800 guests. The annual event, sponsored for the third consecutive year by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, was the first for PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans, who took the helm at PAMM this past October.
On February 10, 2016, Museum Circle members flocked to Pérez Art Museum Miami for a reception and talk with Kevin Ray, Esq. The discussion, presented by Goldman Sachs, was centered around fakes and forgeries in the art world. Following the Salon Series, guests gathered at Verde for a special pop up dinner featuring a specially created and locally sourced menu by Chef Aaron Janus.