PAMM Celebrates Opening of Exhibit Honoring Cuban Art

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In honor of the Cuban culture so prominent in Miami, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opened its new exhibition, On the Horizon: Contemporary Cuban Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, to over 750 visitors on Thursday night. The exhibition showcases a variety of works by Contemporary Cuban artists donated to the museum by renowned philanthropist and art collector Jorge M. Perez – the majority being from a recent gift of over 170 pieces, works gifted to PAMM in 2012, and several additions purchased with funds generously provided by Perez.

Jorge Perez and Tobias Ostrander pose in front of Yoan Capote’s massive landscape piece, made of over 550,000 fish hooks.

The evening began with a tour exclusively provided for sponsors, collectors, and special guests led by PAMM Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander, who led the guests through a detailed look into Cuban ideals and culture by the art provided. Jorge Perez gave commentary at the beginning of the tour on behalf of the Cuban people, speaking of the talent that the island has produced and the pride that they take in it. The artwork ranged from a large scale landscape piece made of over 550,000 used fish hooks by Yoan Capote to a unique collection of photography portraits by Juan Carlos Alom. A number of the featured artists attended the opening, including Juan Carlos AlomJosé BediaYoan CapoteElizabet CerviñoTomás EssonRoberto FabeloTeresita Fernándezjorge & larrySandra RamosGory Rogelio López Marín, and Antonia Wright.

Cuban photographer Juan Carlos Alom alongside his work “Nacidos Para Ser Libres”

Photo Credit: TAMZ

An intimate tropical themed cocktail reception and dinner was provided by Pomellato, featuring Cuban hors d’oeuvres and cocktails followed by a 3 course meal and preview of the their latest collections. This second portion of the evening took place on the museum’s third floor Hoffman Boardroom overlooking the breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay. Franklin Sirmans made welcome remarks welcoming the guests and noting the generosity of Jorge and Darlene Perez, the passion and talent of the artists, the vision Ostrander provided for the exhibition, and the support of the sponsors. To close the night, Grammy nominated Cuban-American singer CuCu Diamentes performed, on behalf of Related Group, as guests danced the night away on the museum’s waterfront terrace.

Cucu Diamentes performing on PAMM’s waterfront terrace, sponsored by Related Group

The evening’s notable guests included: Jorge and Darlene Pérez; Jorge Gonzalez, president and chief executive officer of City National Bank of Florida; Alain Huy, president of Kering Jewelry – Americas; and exhibition artists Juan Carlos Alom,José BediaYoan CapoteElizabet CerviñoTomás EssonRoberto FabeloTeresita Fernándezjorge & larrySandra RamosGory Rogelio López Marín, and Antonia Wright.

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