Miami Art Museum (MAM) is a modern and contemporary art museum in the heart of Downtown Miami. The quirky explorer with a vivid appreciation for art reflecting life -and everything that happens in between- will enjoy the journey through MAM’s halls of chromatic artistry; digital canvases streaming collages of sounds and body parts, photos of Miami’s homeless population, a modern-day living room made to include the observer’s own life as part of the exhibition’s framework, even a room with a wall full of Polynesian-like masks. In true Miami spirit, there is no “type” or “category” with which to place this idiosyncratic museum’s spectrum of art.
For the explorer, this is a chance to experience Downtown’s brusquely chic vibe, as well as Miami’s art crusade. The city has been working towards a more prominent presence in the art world for a few years now with events like Art Basel Miami Beach and the Wynwood Art Walks. These influences have been permeating throughout Miami and can be observed in local art exhibitions, growing volume of art festivals and the fusion of art exhibitions into other events and venues, such as local bars and restaurants.
Entrance for adults is $8, students with a valid ID are admitted for free and children are $4. If you happen to be exploring the second Saturday of the month, admission is free. For the more philosophical traveler, MAM offers a series of events designed to expand its visitors’ ways of seeing and thinking. For more information on MAM’s events for pumping out some groovy brain juice, check out: http://www.miamiartmuseum.org/calendar.asp
The unceremoniously placed museum will be moving locations come June 2, 2013. And while it’s new home will hold the same air of artistic phantasmagoria MAM is known for, it will now reflect a flare and title to match the lustrous city it lives in. The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will open its ocean front doors December 2013 in Bicentennial Park, an area known as the central hub for the city’s emerging artistic and cultural movement. The new Biscayne Bay location is a product of Miami-Dade bond funding, voter-approved dollar backing and of course, private donors. Among them is Jorge M. Pérez, a longtime trustee and leading collector in the world of Latin American art. It is in his name PAMM will be inaugurated, keeping Miami at a tip toed balance between its proverbial private donor climate and its imminent urban renaissance.
For more information on MAM, visit: http://www.miamiartmuseum.org/home.asp
If you are coming to explore Miami come December 2013, visit: http://www.miamiartmuseum.org/museum_park.asp