Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces Acquisition of Artworks by Vaughn Spann and Theresa Chromati at Seventh Annual Art + Soul Celebration

PAMM Raised More Than $700,000 for the Fund for African American Art with Matching Grant from Knight Foundation

Theresa Chromati, Victoria Rogers, Franklin Sirmans, and Pamela Joyner.
Theresa Chromati, Victoria Rogers, Franklin Sirmans, and Pamela Joyner. 

(MIAMI — February 18, 2020) — On Saturday, February 15, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) hosted artists, philanthropists, and museum supporters for the seventh annual Art + Soul, which supports the museum’s Fund for African American Art and highlights the vast scope of African American and African Diasporic artists.

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PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans revealed the fund’s most recent art acquisitions: The bull is out and my foot is in my mouth (are we staying or leaving)?, a painting by Theresa Chromati, and Marked Man (Mitchell), a mixed media painting by Vaughn Spann. Both artists address themes of African American identity and the politics of life in the moment with personal though also collective subjectivity.

The evening also honored philanthropist and collector Pamela Joyner, whose collection will be displayed in PAMM’s upcoming exhibition opening next month on April 24, Solidarity and Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, which highlights the influence that Black artists have had on developing the discourse of abstract art from the 1940s to the present, including artists Norman Lewis, Mark Bradford, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Mel Edwards, Sam Gilliam, Leonardo Drew, and Glenn Ligon.

Art + Soul performances
Left: Theresa Chromati. Photo by World Red Eye.
Right: Tank and the Bangas. Photo by Lazaro Llanes.

“With guests joining us from South Florida and across the country, the evening highlighted the importance of this annual gathering. We were honored to host such a beautiful and smart crowd while celebrating art and artists, and the inimitable Pamela Joyner. Pamela and Fred’s collection has become a marker for new narratives in a history of modern and contemporary art that continues to evolve. Pérez Art Museum Miami, as a leader in the presentation of art from Latin America and the Caribbean, believes strongly in the creation of new stories in art history,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans.

Guests enjoyed inventive cocktails and an intimate dinner by celebrity chef Amaris Jones on PAMM’s iconic waterfront terrace and entertainment by Guitars Over Guns, a nonprofit that offers students from disadvantaged backgrounds a powerful combination of music education and mentorship. Following a toast to the acquisition reveal, DJ Pam Jones kept guests moving until an intimate late-night performance by "Best New Artist" Grammy-nominated band Tank and the Bangas in celebration of PAMM and the Fund for African American Art.

Art + Soul attendees were also able to peruse PAMM’s galleries, including Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art, an exhibition showcasing a selection of artworks acquired through the fund. On view through July 26, 2020, the exhibition highlights a wide range of works, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs that have since become the museum’s most recognizable pieces, including work by Terry Adkins, Romare Bearden, Kevin Beasley, Ed Clark, Nari Ward, Lorraine O’Grady, Faith Ringgold, Tschabalala Self, Juana Valdes, and more. The title of the exhibition points to the idea of various, distinct artistic voices coming together in a spirit of harmony and solidarity.

Notable guests included Desiree Rogers, former White House Press Secretary; marketing communications pioneer Thomas and Madeleine Burrell; Peter Thomas, formerly of Real Housewives of Atlanta; former Chair and CEO of Time Warner Richard and Laura Parsons; former chair and CEO of Aetna Ron and Cynthia Williams; Dr. Hansel Tookes and Peter Ortega; Miami Television anchor Neki Mohan; artists Sanford Biggers, Chakaia Booker, Christopher Carter, Theresa Chromati, Adler Guerrier, Napoleon Jones-Henderson; Monetta White, Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco; MOCA North Miami director Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Leigh-Ann Buchanan, Webber Charles; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Judge Darrin P. Gayles, Marlon and Carla Hill, Arturo Nunez, Rodney M. Miller, Erica Knowles, Reginald Van Lee, and Julia Brown.

PAMM’s Fund for African American Art allows the museum to purchase and showcase contemporary art by African American artists for its permanent collection. Last year, PAMM acquired a large-scale tapestry by Jamaican visual artist Ebony G. Patterson, whose first museum solo exhibition, …while the dew is still on the roses… was on view at PAMM in 2018.

For more information about the PAMM Fund for African American Art, or to join the PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art, visit pamm.org/artfund.

About PAMM’s Fund for African American Art
The PAMM Fund for African American Art was established in 2013 with a $1 million donation, funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for the purchase of contemporary art by African American artists for the museum’s permanent collection. Through the Fund, the museum first acquired works by Al Loving, Faith Ringgold, and Xaviera Simmons, which joined other significant pieces in the museum’s collection by African American artists such as Leonardo Drew, Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Ebony G. Patterson, Lorna Simpson, James Van Der Zee, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, and Purvis Young.

About Pérez Art Museum Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), led by Director Franklin Sirmans, 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. The 36-year-old South Florida institution, formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM), opened a new building, designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, on December 4, 2013 in Downtown Miami’s Maurice A. Ferré Park. 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.


Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Support is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support is provided by the City of Miami and the Miami OMNI Community Redevelopment Agency (OMNI CRA). Pérez Art Museum Miami is an accessible facility. All contents ©Pérez Art Museum Miami. All rights reserved.

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