The opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miami is still the better part of a year away, but there are already plenty of reasons to get excited. The space itself looks spectacular, as we discovered last month during a hardhat walkthrough. And now the museum has announced its lineup of exhibits, running from its opening at the end of this year through 2015 -- and there are some huge names on the horizon.
From one of the art world's biggest names to intriguing installations from lesser-known talents, check out the exhibits we're most anticipating.
Ordinarily, a museum's permanent collection isn't much cause for excitement. But "Americana," the collective title PAMM has given to its own works, will be Miami's first chance to see the bulk of the museum's new work at once, spread out across six overview galleries. The other exhibits will come and go, but these works by artists in North, South, and Central America, as well as the Caribbean, will set the tone at PAMM's new space through May 2015.
Ai Weiwei's Sunflower Seeds
"Ai Weiwei: According to What?"
November 2013-March 16, 2014
Ai Weiwei is the rare artist who's made the crossover to household name. He made headlines after being arrested in Beijing without being charged with a crime in 2011 and was held for more than two months by the Chinese government. Last year, Alison Klayman's film about him, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. PAMM will exhibit the first major international survey of Ai Weiwei's career, with photography, sculpture, and a large-scale, site-specific installation.
Hew Locke in 2008.
December 2013-May 25, 2014
British visual artist Hew Locke has exhibited mainly in Europe, but he's coming to Miami with one seriously awesome idea: an installation of dozens of replicas of ships, from cruise liners to cargo ships to cigarette boats, hanging from the ceiling of one of PAMM's new project galleries. In addition to sounding like a project worthy of Colossal, For Those in Peril on the Sea should also stir up ideas about immigration here in Miami.
March 13, 2014-August 31, 2014
Miami's own Haitian art hero Edouard Duval-Carrié will represent his homeland once again at PAMM, bringing his mythology- and folklore-inspired works to the Focus Gallery. PAMM will roll out works by Duval-Carrié that are already a part of its permanent collection to complement new pieces commissioned specifically for the exhibit.
Geoffrey Farmer June 19, 2014-January 18, 2015 We don't know much about the large-scale installation that Vancouver artist Geoffrey Farmer is bringing to PAMM next summer. Here's what we do know: Farmer specializes in installations; his work combines art forms such as drawing, photography, video, sculpture, and repurposed found objects. And according to a PAMM release, "These pieces become theater plays or small operas with uncanny objects as their main performers." Sounds freaky and awesome and unmissable. Count us in.
Ciara LaVelle is New Times' arts and culture editor. She earned her BS in journalism at Boston University, moved to Florida in 2004, and landed a job as a travel writer. For reasons that seemed sound at the time, she gave up her life of professional island-hopping to join New Times' staff in 2011. She left the paper in 2014 to start a family, but two years and two babies later, she returned in the hopes that someone on staff would agree to babysit. No takers yet.