July 20, 2015

Blog: Pérez Art Museum Miami Announces Exhibitions and Commissions through 2016

Third year of programming features local and international artists in dialogue with the city’s cultural context

Pérez Art Museum Miami’s (PAMM) 2016 presentations will feature important retrospectives, bold new work, and exceptional traveling shows from internationally-celebrated artists. Dominated by solo exhibitions, PAMM’s 2016 schedule focuses on positioning key contemporary artists worldwide within the South Florida context, a unique nexus of diversity and integration, inspiring fresh interpretations of their practice.

From the largest survey yet of Nari Ward’s groundbreaking work concerning the African-American experience realized through immersive architectural installations and massive, tactile sculptures, to an exploration of the Miami-based painter Carlos Alfonzo’s lesser-known ceramic creations, PAMM’s upcoming schedule speaks with penetrating insight into recent political, philosophical and gender-based narratives in contemporary art and society. 

“As we move into our third year in our waterfront, Museum Park location, we continue to focus on contemporary art of the Americas, actively supporting living artists working with themes of significance for our audience today,” said Tobias Ostrander, PAMM’s chief curator. “Our 2016 schedule is filled with poignant, challenging exhibitions addressing issues impacting the contemporary art dialogue internationally, such as our upcoming traveling retrospective of Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, as well as the inspired design of Miami native Michele Oka Doner.”

PAMM’s established exhibition approach is divided into four areas of intention: Special Exhibitions, the largest and most comprehensive shows at the museum; Focus Gallery presentations, which offer a closer reading of a single artist or theme; the new commissions in the Project Gallery series; and the Overview Galleries, where selections from PAMM’s permanent collection are displayed alongside loans from important private collections. A full list of PAMM’s 2016 offerings across areas can be found below. 

Special Exhibitions 

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed
November 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Nari Ward, Iron Heavens
Nari Ward, Iron Heavens, 1995. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, and Hong Kong

Curated by PAMM’s Associate Curator Diana Nawi, Nari Ward: Sun Splashed will be the largest exhibition to date for the groundbreaking Jamaican-American artist, who speaks with penetrating insight and imagination to a broad range of themes, including African-American history and culture, the dynamics of power and politics, and Caribbean diaspora identity. His massive, tactile approach has expanded traditional definitions of sculpture, installation, and site-specificity.

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi. This exhibition is presented by Citi and generously supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support received from the Funding Arts Network. 

Citi  Andy Warhol Foundation    Funding Arts Network

Doris Salcedo
April 22 – July 17, 2016

The first retrospective of the work of renowned Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo, this exhibition is organized by the MCA Chicago and covers 30 years of the artist’s works fusing post-minimalist forms with cultural concerns. Salcedo’s work is deeply rooted in her country’s social and political landscape, including its long history of civil conflicts, yet her sculptures and installations subtly address these fraught circumstances with elegance and a poetic sensibility that balances the gravitas of her subjects.

Doris Salcedo is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Lead support for the exhibition is provided by the Harris Family Foundation, Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Anne Kaplan, Howard and Donna Stone, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and Helen and Sam Zell.

Major Support is provided by The Chicago Community Trust, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Ministry of Culture of Colombia and Embassy of Colombia in Washington, D.C., Barbara Bluhm-Kaul and Don Kaul, Paula and Jim Crown, Nancy and Steve Crown, Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, Liz and Eric Lefkofsky, Susana and Ricardo Steinbruch, and Kristin and Stanley Stevens.

Additional generous support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Marilyn and Larry Fields, the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, Agnes Gund, the Kovler Family Foundation, Nancy and David Frej, Mary E. Ittelson, Lilly Scarpetta, Jennifer Aubrey, the Dedalus Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust,  Ashlee and Martin Modahl, Lois and Steve Eisen and the Eisen Family Foundation, the North Shore Affiliate of the MCA, Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, Jeanne and Michael Klein, Lisa and John Miller, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Graham Foundation for  Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Maria C. Bechily and Scott Hodes, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, Jill Garling and Tom Wilson, and Solita Mishaan, and Sara Szold.

Focus Galleries

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting
September 17, 2015 – January 3, 2016

Tommy Mitchell, WarlpapukaI, 2009. © Tommy Mitchell estate, courtesy of Warakurna Artists.
Tommy Mitchell, WarlpapukaI, 2009. © Tommy Mitchell estate, courtesy of Warakurna Artists.

Originating at the Nevada Museum of Art, this exhibition brings together the work of nine aboriginal artists whose works explore complex and innovative modes of abstraction, relating to cultural systems, religious beliefs, and social structures.

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting originated at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada and was organized by William Fox, Director, Center for Art and Environment, and scholar Henry Skerritt. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl.

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines
October 15, 2015 – March 6, 2016

Firelei Báez, Demetrea, from the series Geographic, 2011. Courtesy of the artist
Firelei Báez, Demetrea, from the series Geographic, 2011. Courtesy of the artist. 


Bloodlines features a selection of works by Firelei Báez, who is known for her delicate and labor-intensive works on paper that explore issues of black culture, Afro-Caribbean folklore, and the complexities of diasporic experiences. Báez’s large-scale works illuminate the excluded historical narratives of women of color, while simultaneously placing her subjects in a futuristic setting where skin tone is no longer a sufficient signifier of race.

Firelei Báez: Bloodlines is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz. This exhibition is presented by BNY Mellon with additional support from Chloé.

BNY Mellon Chloe

Carlos Alfonzo: Clay Works and Painted Ceramics
November 5, 2015 – April 24, 2016

Although Alfonzo is best known for his large paintings and sculptures, this exhibition explores the myriad molded ceramic works that the Havana-born, Miami-based artist created with great verve and skill.

Organized by Miami-based artist and curator César Trasobares, this exhibition celebrates Alfonzo’s prodigious oeuvre and marks the 25th anniversary of his passing.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz  
February 18 – November 13, 2016

Curated by PAMM’s María Elena Ortiz, this exhibition presents a selection of works by Puerto Rican filmmaker and video artist, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz from a body of work that captures the ironies of post-colonial conditions in the Caribbean. Santiago Muñoz’s films and videos create connections between experimental film, ethnography, and theater, alluding to material, local, and symbolic histories.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz.

Michele Oka Doner: How I Caught a Swallow in Mid-Air
March 24 – September 11, 2016

Including examples of the artist’s works from the 1960s up through the present, this exhibition presents functional designs, works on paper, and ceramics inspired by natural forms by Oka Doner, the multi-disciplinary artist and designer.  A Miami native, Oka Doner is best known for her expansive design of the floors of the Miami international Airport, inspired by local flora. The poetic title of the exhibition is taken from a recent cyanotype print. PAMM’s exhibition coincides with the premier of the Miami Ballet’s presentation of The Tempest, with costumes and sets designed by the artist.

Michele Oka Doner: How I Caught a Swallow in Mid-Air is organized by Thom Collins, former PAMM Director and current Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation.

Project Gallery

Bik Van der Pol
August 13, 2015 – February 21, 2016

Bik Van der Pol, Public Sculpture, 2009. Lyon Bienal  2009, France.
Bik Van der Pol, Public Sculpture, 2009. Lyon Bienal  2009, France. 

The collaborative work of Rotterdam-based artists Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol hinges on research, co-operation, and close attention to the social dynamics that animate specific locales, with the aim of elucidating the effects of a globalized economy on urban landscapes and natural environments. In their newly commissioned work titled Speechless, they share the Aristotelian notion that political power is inseparable from language by transforming the gallery into an aviary for parrots who will be taught to speak.  

This exhibition is presented by BNY Mellon, with support provided by Knight Foundation. Additional support received from the Mondriaan Fund and the Netherland-America Foundation. Special thanks to Simbad's Birds and Pets.

BNY MellonThe Knight Foundation Mondriaan  Netherland-America Foudnation   Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jeff Wall
October 22, 2015 – January 17, 2016

Vancouver-based artist Jeff Wall will be presenting several new large-scale photographic works which position homeless individuals living in the streets under highways, and in urban back alleys within compositions that reference the history of figurative painting and sculpture.

Project Gallery: Jeff Wall is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. The exhibition is presented by Bank of America with support provided by Knight Foundation.

Sheela Gowda
December 1, 2015 – August 21, 2016

Sheela Gowda’s artistic practice uses a unique vocabulary of materials drawn from both the rural and urban contexts in which she works and are characterized by their interest in texture, color, and socio-political references. PAMM’s double-height Project Gallery will serve as a unique architectural context for a newly commissioned sculptural installation by the Bangalore-based artist.

Project Gallery: Sheela Gowda is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. Support is provided by Knight Foundation.

Romare Bearden
January 14 – June 26, 2016

Project Gallery: Romare Bearden features a series of Photostats produced by the artist in the 1960s. Bearden created approximately two dozen small collages, which he subsequently converted into large works on paper using a Photostat machine—the precursor of the Xerox copier. The imagery comprises some of the first experimental, artistic representations of black popular culture from an African-American perspective.

Project Gallery: Romare Bearden is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Curator René Morales. Support is provided by Knight Foundation.

Matthew Ronay
March 10, 2016 – January 15, 2017

Best known for his sculptural work, the Brooklyn-based artist creates beautifully crafted sculptures of wood, fabric, and clay, which range in scale from small free-standing and wall-based sculptures to immersive installations. He draws out the totemic, spiritual, and surreal qualities of objects through his distinctive use of form and color, which conjure a dialogue with primitivism, folk and 'outsider art', religious objects, and psychedelia.

Project Gallery: Matthew Ronay is organized by Pérez Art Museum Miami Associate Curator Diana Nawi. Support is provided by Knight Foundation.