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Pérez Art Museum Miami Presents Los Jaichackers in First Official Event

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"It's our first event as the Pérez Art Museum Miami as we prepare to move to our new space in Museum Park that will open in December," explained Tracy Belcher, director of marketing and communications for PAMM.

"The Contemporaries is our young patrons group," she continued. "They do all kinds of art crawls, they have some social events, they have an Art Fair Survival party. They do a lot of really fun, energetic events and this is one of their most anticipated annual events. It's called the Friendraiser, and it's specifically a party for new members. Anybody who joins the contemporaries between May 1st and the event gets to come, and any existing members who refer a friend can also come."

This particular Friendraiser is taking place at the Standard on the Venetian Causeway near Purdy Avenue and South Beach. And in case you were wondering what one of those lovely Contemporaries memberships will cost you -- the membership that gets you into the party, as well as the museum for free for 12 months -- the price tag is a $200 donation to the Pérez Art Museum.

Los Jaichackers have decided to call the evening "Night Shade," a reference to shade fruit, the phrase used to describe both plant life that was seen as dangerous or evil in ages past, as well as narcotics like cocaine in more recent times. The idea with the latter being that the drugs find their way into the hands of the dealers and into the streets at night, much like a night blooming fruit.

"Los Jaichackers will also be collecting sound and video for their performance in December at the opening of the Pérez Art Museum," Belcher noted. "We've been working with them throughout the year to put together an all out amazing event come December and this is part of the build up."

Diana Nawi, who is curating this event for the museum and who's been working with Los Jaichackers to make these events come together, hopes that this will be an enjoyable, laid back kind of night.

"This is sort of a preview of what December holds," Nawi began. "We thought it would be great for them to do something more low-key with some DJ sets mixed in with some video. This event is very much a party, while the December opening will certainly be much more of an elaborate evening."

"The work that they're doing is very relevant to what we're thinking of at the Museum," Nawi went on, "which is largely focusing on how culture is translated back and forth and transmuted. They're very poppy and they're very intellectual and I think they just set the perfect tone for this event."

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Travis Cohen is a writer for Miami New Times and covers subjects ranging from arts and architecture to marijuana and monkeys with herpes. He graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in English in 2012 and began working with New Times shortly thereafter. He was born and raised in Miami.