PAMM’s Seventh Annual Art of the Party

From the museum's waterfront terrace and from home, guests toasted artistic achievements and celebrated Miami’s resilient arts community.

“Despite the hardships of 2020, I’m grateful we can safely come together, both virtually and in-person, to support a Miami institution that is reflective of this city and this community,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “Art, in its many forms, has the unique power to bring us together, even this past year when we’ve been apart. From outreach programs and interactive school tours to art talks and performances, PAMM brings art to life for thousands of people of all ages in-person and online. Education is at the core of everything we do and Art of the Party helps fund these life-affirming programs.”

Franklin Sirmans, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Darlene Perez, & Jorge Perez

At the event, PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans announced María Magdalena Campos-Pons as the recipient of the third annual Pérez Prize for her monumental artistic achievement. The Cuban artist is known for a unique multimedia approach to her artistic practice, which includes photography, painting, sculpture, film, video and performance. As the descendant of Nigerians who had been brought to Cuba as slaves in the 19th century, her work is deeply autobiographical, addressing history, memory, gender, and religion and how these important issues relate to the formation of identity.

PAMM is proud to have several of Campos-Pons’s works in the museum’s permanent collection, as well as a series of polaroid prints called The Magician’s Tools in Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, an exhibition of over 40 works by international African and African Diaspora artists on view from the collection of Jorge Pérez through February 6, 2022.

Franklin Sirmans & Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava
Larry Brooks & Cristina Lei Rodriguez

From both PAMM’s waterfront terrace and from home, guests toasted Campos-Pons’s artistic achievements and celebrated Miami’s resilient arts community, which has overcome immense challenges over the last year. The Pérez Prize represents PAMM and the Pérez family’s shared commitment to uplifting dynamic artistic voices in contemporary art. Last year’s prize was awarded to Puerto Rican artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, whose work speaks to the legacy of African diasporic traditions and Latin American history through an Afro-Caribbean lens. The inaugural prize in 2019 was awarded to Christina Quarles whose paintings mine the line between abstraction and figuration while exploring sexuality, race and gender.

Aaron & Dorothy Podhurst
Asha Elias, Adam Wolman, & Alexa Wolman

“The Pérez Prize honors creatives who use art to overcome the challenges that affect our society most,” said Jorge M. Pérez. “As an acclaimed professor and artist—who’s touched so many through her work exploring history, race and culture—there’s no one more deserving of this prize than Maria Magdalena. I couldn’t be more honored to support her in furthering her craft.”

Art of the Party also raised over $500,000 for arts education, which PAMM has continued to prioritize throughout the pandemic, exploring new virtual programs and classes to support children and families of Miami-Dade County, including virtual exhibition tours, #PAMMDIY online art-making activities, and digital resources for teachers.

Guests also enjoyed a performance by Nu Deco Ensemble and a curated dinner by Chef Hedy Goldsmith and Constellation Culinary Group.

Edgardo & Ana Cristina Defortuna
Diane Moss

Notable guests included Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, supporters of the arts Jorge and Darlene Pérez, Nicholas Pérez, and Christina Pérez; artist and 2021 Pérez Prize recipient María Magdalena Campos-Pons; PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans and Jessica Sirmans, artist Cristina Lei Rodriguez, gallerist Mindy Solomon and Warhol Museum curator Jose Carlos Diaz; and a broad group of Miami leaders in business, entertainment, medicine and philanthropy including CBS’ Entertainment and Lifestyle reporter Lisa Petrillo McCue, Dr. Hansel Tookes, Edgardo and Ana Cristina Defortuna, Alan and Isabel Ojeda, Adolfo and Liz Henriques, Eric McKissack, Asha Elias, Suzy Buckley Woodward, and PAMM Trustees Christian and Suzanne Armstrong, Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes, Karen H. Bechtel and William M. Osborne, Wayne and Arlene Chaplin, Diane and Werner Grob, Kimberly Marshall, Deryl McKissack, Stephen and Pilar Crespi Robert, Sandy and Tony Tamer, Dorothy Terrell, Sebastian Echavarria, Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, Sylvia Pope, Board President Gregory Ferrero and Leslie Ferrero, Diane Moss, Patricia Papper; Padma and Raj Vattikuti, Walid and Susie Wahab, and Alexa and Adam Wolman.

Art of the Party Planning Committee

María Bechily
Arlene Chaplin
Sebastian Echavarria
Laura Kaplan
Patricia Kleh
Kimberly Marshall

Patrick McDowell
Gail Meyers
Diane Moss
Nedra Oren
Patricia M. Papper
Alexa Wolman

Hansel Tookes, Dorothy Terrell, Deryl McKissack, & Eric McKissack
Bill McCue & Lisa Petrillo
Sylvia Pope & Brad Meyer
Patty Kleh, Gail Meyers, & Maria Bechily
Stephen Robert and Pilar Crespi
Wayne & Arlene Chaplin
DJ Marissa Sardar
Charlene & Matthew Welker
Mark & Nedra Oren
Nu Deco Ensemble
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