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Explore the Arts Introducing PAMM: A Collab orat ion from Thoma s Coll ins & Terence Rile y By Susana Baker Miami is always an electric city, particularly in these yearend months when locals and visitors alike buzz about incredible art fairs. At one such event — DWNTWN Art Days — I had the honor of meeting Thomas Collins and Terence Riley, visionary leaders who contributed to transforming Miami into a must-see artistic destination. Collins is the newly appointed director of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), and previously served at the helm of New York’s Neuberger Museum, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati. Riley is former director of both PAMM and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He was also responsible for overseeing PAMM’s architecture in its new home, Bicentennial Park, plus Miami Science Museum Park. The men discussed PAMM’s uniqueness and the contributions from Pritzker Prize–winning architecture firm, Herzog & de Meuron Basel. The firm’s ability to create a distinct site with forms and spaces that integrate within the park, bay and landscape was a priority, Riley said. He and Collins noted how its soaring canopy and green features made PAMM one of the first registered art museums with the distinct certification of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED). Riley then emphasized the importance of PAMM not only housing a fantastic collection of art, but also becoming a show-stopping piece in itself. Collins will continue to oversee PAMM’s programs, including educational features, lectures and exhibits. Its opening features 10 exciting exhibits, including “In the Sculpture Garden with Jedd Novatt,” “Project Gallery: Bouchra Khalili” and “Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity.” For more information, visit www.pamm.org. --------------------------------------------------------------- Susana Baker is a resident of Dade County and a mother of two, Alex and Chantal. For an all-inclusive art tour with a private Curator/Guide, call Susana Baker at 305.767.5000 or visit www.theartexperiences.com. To learn about art happenings in town, tune in to 880AM The Biz every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. for ARTTALK, Susana’s segment which brings you “From the Canvas to the Red Carpet.” You can also listen live at www.880thebiz.com. 126 november/december 2013 Ai Weiwei: According to What? From top to bottom: Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995/2009; Colored Vases, 2007-2010 Installation view of Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., 2012 Photo: Cathy Carver Pérez Art Museum Miami Opening December 2013 Photo Courtesy of ©Herzog & de Meuron


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