The Pérez Art Museum will reopen its doors to the public on Saturday, November 7.
Miami-Dade’s main art museum is finally making a comeback folks! The Pérez Art Museum recently announced it will be welcoming the public once again on Saturday, November 7, eight months after closing due to COVID-19 earlier in the year.
“We are thrilled to open our doors after nearly eight months of closure. We have all endured many hardships over the past several months, and we hope now more than ever that the museum can serve as a safe space for our community to reconnect with the arts,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans in a news release. “Whether it’s returning to a familiar work of art or the surprise of seeing new art in new shows, we believe art has something extraordinary to offer in this moment of ongoing challenge.”
The museum will be opening at a reduced capacity with new hours of operations and safety measures in place. PAMM’s new hours will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The first hour will be reserved for visitors 62 and over and those who are immuno-compromised.
In addition, the museum has put new safety precautions into place, including required face coverings for guests, one-way paths, and hand-sanitizing stations.
PAMM will reopen with a new exhibition, Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, a showcase of 39 works by international African and African Diaspora artists on view from the collection of a longtime board member, PAMM supporter, and namesake Jorge M. Pérez. Also on view will be the following exhibitions.
- What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey: This exhibition features selections from gifts made by Gordon W. Bailey, a Los Angeles–based collector, scholar, and advocate, who has donated 60 artworks to PAMM since 2016.
- Meleko Mokgosi: Your Trip to Africa: An exhibition of newly commissioned works created by the artist specifically for PAMM’s 30-foot double-height project gallery. Featuring a series of large-scale paintings that together function as a single, unified work, the show investigates themes of colonialism, nationalism, tourism, and race.
- Polyphonic: Celebrating PAMM’s Fund for African American Art: This exhibition showcases a selection of artworks acquired through PAMM’s Fund for African American Art, which allows the museum to purchase contemporary art by African American and African diasporic artists for its permanent collection.
- Theaster Gates: Breathing: Breathing (2010) is a video work inspired by Theaster Gates’ avid interest in Eastern Buddhism as well as his lifelong personal relationship with traditional gospel music, which constituted a formative aspect of his Baptist upbringing.
- George Segal: Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael: George Segal’s Abraham’s Farewell to Ishmael (1987) is on view for the first time since a complete restoration.
Visitors will have to book their timed-entry tickets online ahead of their visit.
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