PAMM

We were in Miami for Spring Break and a favorite stop while we’re in town is always the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). The contemporary art museum originally opened in 1984, but has gone thru a series of name and location changes before ending up its current spot overlooking the Intercostal Waterway on the edge of downtown.  The new building (seen below) was designed by Swiss architect firm Herzog & de Neuron and overlooks a 20 acre Museum Park. The art museum shares this museum complex with a science museum, still under construction, but slated to open later this year. The architecture is amazing. There is a trellace cantilevered over the entire building, from which huge columns of plants hang- like a floating greenhouse.  The structure overlooks the Miami skyline on one side and the marina traffic of the Intercostal on the other.  With dozens of cruise ships and barges lined up to set sail in the nearby water, you can go for the view if you’re not into the art.

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While the exhibits are ever -changing, this time my favorite was Matthew Ronay’s whimsical sculptures in the museums Projects Gallery (below). Made out of wood, clay, and fabric, his bright objects look like they just stepped out of a Pixar film and can only make you smile.

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A Miami Must-See

This is the first time I’ve written since the new year so a very happy 2016 to you all! My fingers are a little cold, as it’s freezing in St. Louis, but hoping they’ll warm up with the subject matter at hand.

We were in Miami for the holidays visiting family and explored the coolest area… the Wynwood Art District, just north of downtown Miami and a stones throw from the much-hyped Design District. It’s park meets art gallery meets town square, the center of which are the Wynwood Walls- huge walls painted in colorful, crazy ways that surround a faux grass green. There’s a cafe in the center, The Wynwood Kitchen and Bar and a ton of people taking in the sights. The walls were erected in 2009, in a then-downtrodden warehouse district of Miami, where many artists had studios because rents were cheap. Graffiti littered the buildings, many were vacant…not a place you’d want to be found alone at night. You get the idea.

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