Al Loving’s “Untitled No. 32,” circa 1975. Museum purchase with funds provided by Jorge M. Pérez, Knight Foundation and PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art.
From its inception, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) set out to be both a window into the visual art world for Miami, and a mirror, reflecting the diversity of the local community.
The PAMM Fund for African American Art, focusing on the purchase of contemporary art by African-American artists for the museum’s permanent collection, was one of the early key initiatives towards that goal. The museum started it in September 2013 with a $1 million seed fund, sponsored in equal amounts by developer and art collector Jorge M. Pérez, a trustee and major donor whose name is on the museum, and Knight Foundation.
“Miami is a very diverse community, and one of the wonderful things about PAMM is that it seeks to make the museum a home for every sector of the community,” says Marilyn Holifield, a partner with the law firm of Holland & Knight in Miami who is a museum trustee and co-chair of PAMM Ambassadors for African American Art, a group of donors who support the fund. “That diversity is what makes Miami unique and for our museum to emphasize the importance of African-American art, not only for the African-American community but for the community at large to gain a greater appreciation and awareness of this work is a wonderful thing.”