Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Hosts Summer Film Screenings to Tease Opening

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Come December, Miami will have a new bayfront home for all things art. The long-awaited Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will arrive around the time of Art Basel, but in the meantime, you can get a tease of what's in store at a newly announced summertime film series.

The Lights Out: PAMM Summer Screenings are a series of three flicks to be shown at various locations around the city from now through September. Curated or created by artists who'll be on display at PAMM, they're a glimpse at Miami's artistic future -- and a nice escape from stale summer blockbusters.

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"The screenings are part of a series of public programs designed to introduce the community to the work of international artists who will be creating new projects for PAMM," Emily Mello, Director of Education and Public Program, tells Cultist. "Yael Bartana and Bouchra Khalili's work will be presented at PAMM's December opening."

The first in the series will be shown this Thursday at 6 p.m. at MDC's Tower Theater. The trilogy, entitled and Europe Will Be Stunned highlights the Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a political organization rallying for the return of 3,300,000 Jews to Poland.

PAMM Associate Curator Diana Nawi will introduce the trilogy, as artist Yael Bartana is in Brazil working on her upcoming commission for the new museum.

"and Europe will be stunned is an exceptional example of Bartana's work, and this screening will allow our audiences to gain insight into her practice and her critical, historical and intellectual interests," Mello says. "Likewise, Garcia-Torres's Tea, in its methodology and form, reflects some of the central concerns of the artist's practice. Khalili's screening is a way for our audiences to learn about seminal works that have influenced the artist's thinking and her engagement with film and history."

The second screening in the lineup kicks off on Thursday, August 1, at 6 p.m. at Miami Beach Cinematheque, curated by artist Bouchra Khalili. Khalili will introduce the films, which consist of the French flicks Black Girl directed by Ousmane Sembene and Afrique sur Seine, directed by Mamadou Sarr.

For PAMM's opening, Khalili is commissioning a video work based on research conducted in New York.

And lastly, on Saturday, September 28 at 4 p.m. at the Tower Theater, they'll be screening Tea by Mario Garcia Torres. The film is a documentary of the artist's visit to One Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. The outpost was opened in 1971 by Italian conceptual artist Alighiero Boetti, and the film explores Torres' experience, cultural differences, and his presence as a visitor.

For those eagerly awaiting PAMM's opening date, some Miamians will be lucky enough to score a sneak peek.

"PAMM Charter Members will be the first to see the new Herzog & de Meuron-designed facility during members hard hat tours this summer," Mello adds. "We are happy the building is fully-enclosed and now has air conditioning, which will make summer tours of the site much more comfortable!"

But even if you're not one of the lucky few who get to don a hard hat, these screenings should at least satisfy your impatient eyes for the next few months.

Check out more about the screenings on PAMM's website.

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