Pérez Art Museum Miami Ambassadors for African American Art Celebrate New Acquisitions.
February 13, 2017
On February 21, 2017, Pérez Art Museum Miami will welcome arts supporters and the PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art to the museum for a celebration at the Fourth Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Guests will enjoy performances by Olujimi Dance Theater and Aja Monet, hear about the Ambassadors’ new acquisitions, and more.
The evening will showcase Kahina: A Tangled Root, a performance by Olujimi Dance Theater. The piece is inspired by North African queen, warrior, and religious leader Dihya Kahina, who lived during the seventh century. The work seeks to raise a conscious awareness and expanded knowledge of self and collective identity of the Black Female Body. The performance will “un-earth” significant historical, economic, philosophical, and cultural contributions of the Black Female Body utilizing ancestral and collective memory, story, song, text, and moving images with an exploration of landscape, environment, and the metaphysical body. This original work is a story of displacement, migration, reciprocity, sustainability, and exile to freedom.
Guests will also enjoy poetry by Aja Monet, the youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam title. Monet, a Caribbean-American poet and educator, currently lives in Little Haiti, Miami and volunteers to merge arts and culture in community organizing with the Dream Defenders and Community Justice Project. She spearheaded an arts and activism initiative, entitled “Voices: Poetry for the People,” that provides free poetry workshops for grassroots leaders and organizers in Florida. Monet also continues to organize artist delegations and cultural and political exchanges with disenfranchised communities at home and abroad.
Initiated with a $1 million grant, funded equally by Jorge M. Pérez and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the PAMM Fund for African American Art builds on PAMM's longstanding commitment to exhibiting and collecting the work of African American artists. The support of PAMM’s Ambassadors for African American Art help grow the collection with works by significant artists such as Al Loving, Faith Ringgold, Rashid Johnson, Kehinde Wiley, and Purvis Young, among others.
The Fourth Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art presented by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from Kroma. Support from d’Ussé Cognac is also gratefully acknowledged.