PAMM Sends Out Smoke Signals from Rooftop for william cordova's New Exhibition

MEDIA ALERT: PAMM Sends Out Smoke Signals from Rooftop for Art Installation | April 24, 11:30am-12pm

PAMM celebrates its newest exhibition, william cordova now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy, with smoke-filled show

WHAT: On Tuesday, April 24, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will celebrate the anticipated opening of its newest exhibition, william cordova now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy, by releasing smoke signals from the museum’s rooftop.

This unique and smoke-filled art installation, titled smoke signals (12.29, cinco en sombra de la tarde, reté fo), is brought to life by celebrated Miami-based artist william cordova. Referencing rituals and ancient forms of communication, the work is meant to illustrate purification, transformation, energy, and healing.

As the kick-off to the opening weekend of his eponymous exhibition, cordova will release the signals from the top of the building at 11:30am.

Opening celebrations for the exhibition will continue throughout the week, and include an art talk with william cordova, artist Leslie Hewitt, and PAMM Associate Curator María Elena Ortiz on Thursday, April 26 at 7pm. The group will speak on the various intersecting narratives Cordova's works is informed by such as architecture, cinema, literature and music.

About william cordova now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy
william cordova now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy is the first extensive museum survey of cultural practitioner william cordova (b. 1969, Lima; lives in Miami, Lima, and New York). It presents a selection of works embodying the three main themes that have inspired the work of this celebrated Miami artist for decades: transmission, alchemy, and transcendence. In his nationally and internationally recognized drawings, sculptures, installations, and collaborative projects, cordova collapses linear concepts of time and history to address contemporary notions of displacement. He extensively researches symbols and artifacts from different cultures and times, ignoring the boundaries between the past and the present. Then, he uses ephemeral and precarious materials to create elegant works that challenge traditional Western typologies. Striving to create a flexible and critical space for the understanding of our contemporary moment, he builds bridges between separate narratives, such as architecture, cinema, literature, and music. This exhibition will be accompanied by the artist’s museum catalogue, available for purchase at PAMM Shop.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 24, 11:30am to 12pm

WHERE: Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Guests can view the event from the museum’s surrounding areas.

INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Photo and video opportunities of smoke signals (12.29, cinco en sombra de la tarde, reté fo) are available. Interview requests facilitated by Alexa Ferra aferra@pamm.org or 786 345 5619 in advance.

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