Soon, the Miami Art Museum as we know it will no longer exist.
The Downtown mainstay that has stood as a cultural hub in the shadow of Government Center will be moving to its new home in Museum Park and will be rechristened as the Pérez Art Museum Miami in its new Herzog and De Meuron designed building overlooking Biscayne Bay in December.
But before that, they've decided to put the current campus to bed with a bang and a barbecue.
For the past 15 years, MAM has brought modern and contemporary art to Miami audiences. In recent years, it has brought in works from out-of-town talent like Faith Ringgold and Rashid Johnson. It's also honored locals like Christy Gast, the Borscht (aka Bosh) Film Festival, and Purvis Young. So a party featuring both Miami and international art seems like a perfect tribute to the museum's history.
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Catered by Sparky's Roadside BBQ and set to music courtesy of one of Miami's own Hot 97.7 DJs , the organizers behind the Miami Art Museum's last public event, the Lights Out Closing Party, intend to say adios to Cultural Center Plaza with the community in tow, celebrating the legacy of the old space and the future of the new.
The event will include art by local art project the end/SPRING BREAK, and will also have pieces from "New Work Miami 2013" and "Frames of Reference: Latin American Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection" on exhibit over the course of the evening.
The fond farewell is this Saturday from 7-10 p.m. at Cultural Plaza Center (101 W Flagler St, Miami), with a fee of $10 for non-members and free for members of the Museum. Visit miamiartmuseum.org.