Just because Art Basel is over doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some world class art in Miami anymore. The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) catches your eye from the outside with a modern-boxed facade, and front-step canopy overlooking Biscayne Bay. As stunning as the building is, however, the true delights are inside.
Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations rely heavily upon the use of found objects like baseball bats, barbed wire, and frying pans. One of his more distinct pieces, Mango Tourist, looks like a group of giant yellow snowmen made out of long thin pieces of foam, battery canisters, resistors, capacitors, and mango seeds. Ward gives meaning to the phrase that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
This exhibition runs through February 21, 2016
This statement about global warming is made up of an aviary that contains 5 parrots from Miami. The parrots are constantly played excerpts from T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” in an effort to teach them to repeat lines from the iconic poem. The work protests the actions of conservative officials in Florida who are trying to ban the use of the words “global warming” and “climate change” from government use. The idea is that humans’ ability to speak is one thing that has separates us from the animal kingdom, and this separation makes it easier for people to harm the environment guilt free.
This exhibition also runs through February 21, 2016
Baez’s paintings and drawings, which include a variety of techniques such as watercolor and collage within the paintings, represent women of color living in the Americas and the Caribbean from the 1700s to the present. Her works give off senses of both power and strength through the portrayal disenfranchisement and misplacement of African and Cuban women over the last few centuries. Her labor-intensive work has many layers both physically and contextually.
This exhibition runs through March 6, 2016
While you’re at the Perez Art Museum, take a walk through the sculpture garden to see the intricate geometric piece by Jedd Novatt or a heart-shaped work by Mark di Suvero, both of which are ongoing sculptures at the museum.
Tip: The museum offers free admission on the first Thursday (when it is open late till 9pm) and second Saturdays of every month. Otherwise, tickets are $16 for adults, which isn’t too bad!
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