MIAMI – February 11, 2016 – Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) received a $100,000 gift from donors Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez for acquiring works by Latina artists for the museum’s permanent collection. The announcement was made by Darlene Pérez during a recent program and conversation hosted at PAMM by the women’s empowerment organization DIAMONDS UNLEASHED by jewelry designer Kara Ross. The conversation, “Hispanic Women Disrupting Arts and Culture,” featured panelists: Teresita Fernandez, artist; Maria Buccellati, designer; and Lourdes Lopez of the Miami City Ballet, and was moderated by Lisa Petrillo, CBS.
“This fund allows all of us to come together in support of our community and Latina artists by making sure they are strongly represented in the permanent collection of Miami’s flagship art museum,” said Darlene Pérez, upon addressing event attendees. “We know that women and artists of color are underrepresented in museums internationally, and this fund will help ensure that PAMM is an example of equality and diversity in the art world.”
“We are so grateful to the Pérez’s for this generous gift, which will allow us to build on PAMM’s commitment to building a permanent collection representative of our community,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “It is important that we are able to tell the stories that represent all of our members, viewers and collaborators.”
This gift builds on PAMM’s long-standing commitment to exhibiting and collecting art that represents the diversity of the community it serves. The museum is currently presenting a solo exhibition by Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic) and in April, the museum will open a major special exhibition by Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Bogotá). The museum’s permanent collection includes works by Consuelo Castañeda, Teresita Fernandez, Victoria Gittman, Quisqueya Henriquez, Ester Hernández and Ana Mendieta among others.
The Pérez gift solidifies the museum’s ability to continue its commitment to positioning contemporary art from Latin America and by Latino artists in the U.S. within the global canon of contemporary art. Further exemplifying this commitment, next month the museum will host a planning meeting for a symposium titled “U.S. Latino Arts Futures.” Directed by pioneering artist Teresita Fernandez, the symposium will bring together leaders from across U.S. institutions to explore ways to address the issues of representation, access, and equity vis. à vis. Latino visual arts and artists in the U.S. The museum was selected as the host for the planning meeting because of its recognized leadership role around these issues.
This $100,000 gift is the latest gift in a legacy of support the Pérez’s have provided to the museum. The Pérez’s made a landmark $40 million gift to PAMM’s capital campaign for its new, waterfront facility, marking one the largest Hispanic cultural gifts made nationwide. The Pérez’s also donated their modern art collection to the museum, and have made several other cash gifts including one that, along with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, initiated the PAMM Fund for African American Art in 2013. Jorge M. Pérez has been on the museum’s board since 1994, was chair of the capital campaign committee, and provided leadership to ensure that PAMM’s new and expanded facility opened on time and on budget in downtown Miami’s Museum Park in December 2013.
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. A 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), Pérez Art Museum Miami opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013. The facility is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming and features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with flexible galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab, and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit
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