Pérez Art Museum Miami receives more than 100 Works from the Collection of Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer in Honor of Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst

New Gift Includes Works by Artists with Strong Ties to Miami, including Roberto Juarez, Glexis Novoa, and Jim Drain; as well as international artists and designers such as Chris Finley, Konstantin Grcic, and Byron Kim, among many others.

MIAMI – November 21, 2013 – Pérez Art Museum Miami announced today that it has received a major gift of art to its permanent collection from Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer, long-time collectors and supporters of the arts in Miami. The gift, which consists of 102 works ranging in medium including painting, mixed media, and photography, includes artists that Robins has collaborated with over the last 30 years such as Konstantin Grcic, Roberto Juarez, Clay Ketter, Byron Kim, and Glexis Novoa.

The gift comes as the Museum prepares to move to its new and expanded facility, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, and which will provide more than three times the space of its current building to present its growing collections. The inclusion of many Miami artists supports PAMM’s vision to create a permanent collection with strong ties to the community. The gift is given in honor of Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, who currently serves as the Museum’s Board Chair.

“Craig and Jackie’s support of the arts has helped spur Miami’s growth as a cultural hub, where artists and designers are active year-round. This gift to the Museum demonstrates their commitment to our cultural community and a vision for its success,” said Thom Collins, PAMM’s Director. “We look forward to showcasing artists who have worked in and been inspired by our city, and to collaborating with Craig and Jackie to continue expanding our collection.”

“We are delighted to support the growth of PAMM’s permanent collection with works of art that are connected with Miami’s creative community. We decided to give this gift in honor of Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, who have given so much leadership and time to ensure the success of the Museum,” said Craig Robins. “This collection gift is another in our ongoing support of the Museum’s collection, and we are excited to participate in PAMM’s development as vital community resource.” 

Highlights from the gift, include:

  • Roberto Juarez’s Waterfall, 1993
  • Jon Pylypchuk’s I Am Getting Further Away, 2000
  • Glexis Novoa’s Sin titulo (La Etapa Practica), 1989
  • Clay Ketter’s T.P.albD’99, 1999
  • Chris Finely’s Vampire, 2001
  • Byron Kim’s Drained of Meaning, 1989
  • Enrique Riveron’s Veteris, Vestigia Flammae, 1939

About Craig Robins
Craig Robins is Chief Executive Officer and President of Dacra, a global real estate development company that is known for its cultivation of creative communities, integration of art and design, and overall value creation. Based in Miami, Florida, Dacra has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative commercial, residential and mixed-use projects in the city’s history.

An avid collector and supporter of the arts, Robins is also the Founder and Chairman of the Anaphiel Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education, exploration and expression in all its forms. Robins is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. His leadership role in the revitalization of Miami’s Design District led to the creation of the international design fair Design Miami/ and Design Miami/ Basel. Robins is the Chairman of the show, which he owns in partnership with MCH Swiss Exhibition, the producers of Art Basel.

Robins’ long-term commitment to design earned him the 2006 Design Patron Award from the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  The award recognizes an individual’s patronage of design within the business and civic sectors. 

Robins was born in Miami Beach in 1963. He attended the University of Barcelona in 1982, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1984, and graduated from the University of Miami law school in 1987.

About Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami, formerly Miami Art Museum, is a vital cultural and educational center in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, where a confluence of Caribbean, North American, and South American cultures adds vibrancy and variety to civic activity. With the opening of its Herzog & de Meuron-designed building in downtown Miami in December 2014, the Museum serves as a resource commensurate with Miami’s thriving community of artists, designers, and collectors, its art-engaged public, and the location of some of the world’s most important art and design fairs. PAMM is committed to collecting art of the 20th and 21st centuries and that represents and responds to Miami’s cultural diversity. The Museum’s new facility has enabled the Museum to expand its exhibition, public, and progressive education programs, and to provide its community with innovative and exciting cultural experiences. 

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