Pérez Art Museum’s 6th Annual Art of the Party
PAMM Raises More Than $1,300,000 for Arts Education Programs
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) hosted the sixth annual Art of the Party presented by Valentino, welcoming Miami’s community of artists, philanthropists, civic leaders, and arts supporters for PAMM’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The evening honored museum Trustee Susana Ibargüen and John S. & James L. Knight Foundation Chairman and CEO Alberto Ibargüen for their long-time support of the museum and vital role in enhancing Miami’s arts community over the last two decades.
The museum also toasted the awardee of the second annual Pérez Prize, Puerto Rican artist Daniel Lind-Ramos, in honor of his artistic achievements. Co-chaired by leading PAMM supporters Darlene and Jorge Pérez and Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, Art of the Party raised over $1,300,000 for PAMM’s vital arts education program, the largest of its kind outside the Miami-Dade County school system.
“Art of the Party brings together Miami’s civic, philanthropic and cultural community to support an institution that reflects our shared values as a community and a city,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “At PAMM we believe in the transformative power of the arts and know that Miami’s vibrant creative community is part of what makes the city so great. We aim to encourage everyone to see art as an incentive for genuine human interaction, communication, and exchange, and we’re proud to honor Susana and Alberto Ibargüen who share in this mission.”
Individual Lead sponsor Sylvia T. Pope and Supporting sponsor De Beers Jewellers joined four-time Presenting sponsor Valentino in supporting Art of the Party, which featured two unique experiences conceptualized by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder Lee Brian Schrager. Chef’s Table guests enjoyed performances by violinist Jared Burnett and Juan Areco Duo while dining on a menu designed by talented chefs from Crest Restaurants: Gregory Pugin, Christopher Bellanca, Jackson Morrow, Seth Blumenthal, and Yara Mage, as well as Constellation Culinary Group’s Aaron Janus and Hedy Goldsmith.
PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans toasted honorees Susana and Alberto Ibargüen for their tireless support of the museum. Susana has been a PAMM Trustee for over 20 years and is a former president of the Board. Alberto, the former publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, has been president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation since 2005. Together, they have been instrumental in advocating for arts education, ensuring that children of all ages have access to the visual arts. Pérez Prize awardee Daniel Lind-Ramos was also celebrated for his unique contributions to contemporary art that address unique Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin American identities.
Following Chef’s Table, PAMM’s waterfront Palm Terrace transformed into the Remix after party, featuring music by DJ Gabby Mejia, dancing, cocktails, bites, and decadent desserts under the stars. Guests were also able to remember the special night with a photo booth and live portrait studio.
Notable guests included PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans and Jessica Sirmans; artists Daniel Lind-Ramos, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Chuck Close, Antonia Wright, and Ruben Millares; philanthropists Dorothy and Aaron Podhurst, Jorgé and Darlene Pérez, Board President Gregory Ferrero and Leslie Ferrero, Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes, Craig Robins and Jackie Soffer, Karen Bechtel and and Will Osborne, Stephen Robert and Pilar Crespi, Adrienne Bon Haes and Marvin Friedman, Wayne and Arlene Chaplin, George and Carol Crapple, Sebastian and Natalia Echavarria, Alberto Ibargüen, Deryl McKissack, Mireille Chancy Gonzalez, Rose Ellen Greene, Diane and Werner Grob, Debi and Larry Hoffman, Patricia and William Kleh, Simon Levine, Camille and Patrick McDowell, Diane and Bob Moss, Luke and Alejandra Palacio, Patricia Papper, Oti Roberts, Sandra and Anthony Tamer, Dorothy Terrell, Raj and Padma Vattikuti, and Susie and Walid Wahab; art dealers Christopher Rivera and Marcia Levine; art collectors Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz; lawyer Mitchell A. Bierman; entrepreneur Lee Brian Schrager; restaurateur Mei Yu; lawyer and philanthropist Alexa Wolman; Executive Chairman of Codina Partners Armando Codina; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Richard Fain; Southeast Senior Manager for Client Development at Louis Vuitton Christopher Pastor; Vice President of the Knight Foundation Victoria Rogers; political commentator Ana Navarro; University of Miami President Dr. Julio Frenk; Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez; Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Michael Spring; Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava; Miami Herald Business and Visual Arts Editor Jane Wooldridge; and Miami Herald Publisher and Executive Editor Mindy Marqués.