What does the year 2016 have in store for the new Director of PAMM? January 15, 2016 marks four months at the helm of the museum. In four month we do not have a clear picture of Mr. Sirmans yet. He is definitely someone to be
Franklin Sirmans has weathered his first Art Basel as the director of PAMM. He presided over Nari Ward's mid-career retrospective, SUN SPLASH and the break out solo show (my opinion) by Nari Ward's former student Firelei Báez's, Bloodlines. The shows are solid and strong - the audience reaction was proof.
Miami cultural institutions are definitely way behind the rest of the nation when it comes to exposing 20th century African American art to it's audiences. PAMM made overtures with, the PAMM Fund for African American Art. Works purchased thus far were from artists, Al Loving, Faith Ringgold, Xaviera Simmons, Lorna Simpson, Rashid Johnson, Leonardo Drew, Terry Adkins, Ed Clark and Leslie Hewitt.
Project Gallery: Romare Bearden
PAMM under Sirmans is continuing to service its diverse audience with Project Gallery: Romare Bearden. The exhibit features a series of photostat projections produced by Bearden in 1964. The imagery comprises some of the first artistic representations of Black traditional and popular culture from an African American perspective. The program runs from January 14 - June 26, 2016.
ALSO SHOWING ----
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors.
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, La Cueva Negra, (born in San Juan) 2013. Courtesy the artist and Galería Agustina Ferreyra. A selection of works by filmmaker and video artist, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz that captures the ironies of post-colonial conditions in the Caribbean. Santiago Muñoz’s films and videos create connections between experimental film, ethnography, and theater. The program runs from Feb 18 - Nov 18, 2016
THE CHALLENGE ----
Miami is a rapidly changing city, the art world is also changing. A death knell is being sounded around the globe for post-modern conceptual art. The new buzz word is, beauty in art . Collectors want to know if the artist to put their hands on their work. There is a renewed interest in figurative art and there is even a call for the return of art and crafts. With these times of change, the challenge for Mr. Sirmans and his staff is meeting the aesthetic needs of this fractured, diverse community and acquiring work that will transcend the test of time.
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