What better way to experience a place than to immerse one’s self in its art? The Pérez Art Museum Miami is dedicated to displaying international contemporary and modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries that reflects the diversity of Miami’s community. Fortunately, although the museum is closed on Wednesdays, it is open until 9 PM on Thursdays, leaving plenty of time for conference attendees to absorb some beautiful art after the reception at the University of Miami.
In addition to their permanent exhibitions, during our conference the PAMM will be exhibiting special project galleries featuring artists such as Romare Bearden and his famous photostat Projections, a series of striking collages later converted to photographic images, and installation art by Sheela Gowda, an Indian artist who relies on very mixed media to create her works. In addition to containing fantastic art inside, the PAMM is housed in a beautiful building that features 67 gardens, containing 54,700 plants and 77 plant species. Plus, the well-reviewed museum restaurant, Verde, not only features locally inspired cuisine from fresh ingredients, but also provides views of the Biscayne Bay. In keeping with the conference theme of opening doors to collaboration, outreach and diversity, a visit to the PAMM is a perfect opportunity for special collections professionals to engage the art museum community and experience Miami’s diverse art. Come visit and enjoy the art, the gardens and the good food!
–Amy Franks Brown