PAMM Pérez Art Museum

Frames of Reference

14 Mar - 02 Jun 2013

Latin American Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection
14 March - 2 June 2013

Miami Art Museum will present for the first time a selection of works from the Jorge M. Pérez art collection, gifted to the Museum December 2011. Frames of Reference explores 45 works of Latin American art in the collection through an art historical lens, emphasizing the tremendous creative and conceptual contributions of artists such as José Bedia, Beatriz González, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta Echaurren, Diego Rivera, and Joaquín Torres-Garcia, among others. The exhibition is the last in the Museum’s current space and marks the start of its transition to its new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility in Museum Park. The Museum will reopen as Pérez Art Museum Miami in honor of Pérez’s now $40 million gift of cash and art.

Organized by MAM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander, Frames of Reference will take visitors through a visual narrative, from scenes of the countryside and folk culture to urban views and the progression toward contemporary abstraction. It will highlight important linkages between artists and genre throughout, helping to knit together important pivot points in the history of Latin American art. The exhibition provides a sampling of the breadth of the Pérez collection, while focusing in particular on some of the most important Latin American works entering the Museum’s permanent collection.

The complete collection of 110 works will be integrated into the Museum’s existing collection and displayed in the new facility, providing audiences with an opportunity to experience the full scope of the gift. Other major works in the collection which will be highlighted at future dates, including works by Antony Caro, Chuck Close and Robert Rauschenberg. Pérez, a long-time advocate for the Museum, donated a portion his extensive art collection―valued at $20 million―to support the Museum’s expanding role as a cultural hub and resource for the Miami community. Works were chosen in collaboration with Collins and Ostrander, based on their vision for the growth of the overall permanent collection and the direction of the Museum’s curatorial and public program.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book, featuring full-page color images of each work featured in the exhibition alongside comprehensive descriptions. The book will also include a conversation between Ostrander and Pérez and an essay by scholar Elizabeth Cerejido.

Tags: José Bedia, Chuck Close, Beatriz González, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Herzog & De Meuron, Robert Rauschenberg, Diego Rivera