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Perez Art Museum of Miami: Despite Odd Angles and Odious Name, PAMM Is Promising

Drivers headed west toward downtown on the MacArthur Causeway have been greeted by two strange sights lately. To the north, the old Miami Herald office has already begun to decay, its once grand signage replaced by the flickering neon of what looks like a dive bar named Brown Mackie College. Meanwhile, in stark contrast to the newspaper's sad slump, a futuristic building has suddenly risen to the south. Perched atop concrete stilts, it peers over the causeway like a spaceship from Orson Welles' War of the Worlds.

It's no alien invader. But the new Miami Art Museum -- designed by Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron -- is nonetheless on a mission to take this city's cultural scene into hyperdrive.

Director Thomas Collins recently took New Times on a tour of the much-discussed building. Here's how it went.

See also:

- Jorge Perez's Art Donation to MAM Is Underwhelming

- Art Basel's Biggest Buy: Jorge Perez Gets MAM Name For $35 Million, Over Objections

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.