Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art
Tschabalala Self. Chopped Cheese, 2017 Acrylic, watercolor, flash, crayon, colored pencil, oil pastel, graphite, hand-colored photocopy, and hand-colored canvas on canvas. 96 x 84 inches. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds provided by Jorge M. Pérez, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art.
In 2013, Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation together initiated the PAMM Fund for African American Art with a gift of $1 million. In 2017, after acquiring several now iconic works for the museum’s collection, and with new generous donations from the PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art and an additional matching grant from the Knight Foundation, Pérez Art Museum Miami created an endowed fund that today stands at almost $2 million. These contributions have established a powerful mechanism for the diversification and enrichment of the museum’s permanent collection through the acquisition of contemporary art by African American and African diaspora artists.
Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art highlights a group of paintings, sculptures, and photographs that have since become quintessential for the museum—including works by Terry Adkins, Romare Bearden, Kevin Beasley, Ed Clark, Leslie Hewitt, Faith Ringgold, Tschabalala Self, Xaviera Simmons and Juana Valdes, among several others. The title of the exhibition points to the idea of various, distinct artistic voices coming together in a spirit of harmony and solidarity.
Pérez Art Museum Miami has a proud 35-year history of presenting modern and contemporary art by individuals affiliated with underrepresented communities hailing from the U.S., Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and the Ambassador’s Fund for African American Art builds on that tradition.
Highlights from the Exhibition
Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art is organized by Maritza Lacayo, Curatorial Assistant and Publications Coordinator, and René Morales, PAMM Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator.