The Perez Art Museum Miami(PAMM)in downtown is scheduled to open as part of the new Museum Park in 2014. The facility will include stunning pieces of art from the local community and world-famous artists. Creative architect Herzog & de Meuron designed the exterior of the 29-acre museum campus.
This summer, PAMM was granted over $40 million by developer Jorge Perez. The staff has already purchased a 1967 painting by Faith Ringgold, a piece from 1975 by Al Loving and a 2009 photograph from Xaviera Simmons.
The art-filled facility will undergo LEED evaluation and is designed to become certified under the LEED Silver standards, making it a totally green and sustainable building.
The museum will sit alongside the Frost Museum of Science that is scheduled to open around the same time.
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Pérez Art Museum
The intimate Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) off Biscayne Boulevard opened its doors in December 2013 and can seem a little lost amid the grassy lawns and scaffolding that still occupies the grounds (the Science Museum is currently under construction).
The three-story museums offers a dose of culture to a city once known more for its party scene with spaces for art, relaxation, and dining.
Before you enter the building, you meander along a walkway, past cruise ships and several acres of meadows before coming face-to-face with the “Fly’s Eye Dome” designed by Buckminster Fuller through which you can view two sides of the city through prism-like eyes.
At the time I visited, the spacious galleries featured several Latin American artists including Mexican photographer and filmmaker Mario García Torres and Brazilian painter Beatriz Milhazes. The thought-provoking exhibitions often skew political (e.g. Global Positioning Systems, which present in visual form, the intersection of globalization and history).
The very natty gift shop located on the ground floor is also worth exploring, with items like robots and unusual Lego sets.
The art museum costs $16 for adults and $12 for students; children under six are free.
Photo by Ines Hegedus-Garcia/Flickr.