Can’t make it downtown to see the paintings in the permanent exhibit of the Perez Art Museum Miami? No problem.
With funding by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, PAMM has launched a program that brings high-quality reproductions of art to outdoor venues around the county. The nine-month program, Inside|Out, has already installed 30 of these reproductions — from Roy Lichtenstein to Faith Ringgold to Jose Bedia — at Hialeah Park, Losner Park in Homestead and Hammocks Community Park and Olympic Park in West Kendall.
The 10 works at each site will rotate among the communities every few months so that by the end of the program, in September, every community will have the opportunity to see all 30. Events, including a free community weekend at PAMM on Labor Day weekend, are also scheduled.
“In some ways I think of this as a random act of culture,” said Victoria Rogers, the Knight Foundation vice president for arts. “There is something very powerful about seeing art where you live. It gets people talking.”
The artwork reproductions are located within walking or bike-riding distances of the communities, and host locations feature maps showing where each reproduction is featured. Organizers hope this will promote conversations about art.
“When art is not where you might expect to see it, encounters are often on a level that is seductive and warm,” said PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans. “It’s a way of looking at art in a not-ivory tower kind of way.”
Miami is the fourth city to house the program. Originally conceived by the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2010, Inside|Out expanded to Philadelphia and Akron, Ohio, before coming to Miami. The Knight Foundation is providing $2 million over three years to fund the expansion.
Inside|Out’s idea of making art accessible to people where they live, play and work is “a natural fit” for the Knight Foundation. “We’re all about sparking dialogue about art and community and we think this [program] does that,” Rogers said. “It makes people feel connected to their community and to their museum.”
Putting art in unexpected places, Sirmans added, promotes community interaction. “We’re part of the community, too. We‘re a civic enterprise and we want people to know that.”
To encourage engagement, PAMM wants residents to share their Inside|Out experiences on social media with #PAMMInsideOut and follow PAMM for updates on Facebook (/perezartmuseummiami), Twitter (@pamm) and Instagram (@pammpics).
Four PAMM curators selected the artwork that would be reproduced, mindful that each would translate well into photographic images. “We also wanted pieces that would be attractive in those settings,” Sirmans said.
Both Sirmans and Rogers say they hope that the reproductions will encourage Miamians to come see the actual artwork hanging at PAMM as well as stimulate other neighborhoods’ interest in hosting the reproductions.
Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Avenue
Homestead Events: PAMM at the Eco-Fair Art-Making
February 20, 12-3p.m.
“Look & Make: Stacked Symbols” Follow the Inside|Out map of reproductions from Pérez Art Museum Miami’s permanent collection installed around the park. Take a close look at Joaquin Torres-Garcia’s Construction with Two Masks, then join a PAMM teaching artist to create your own symbol-rich art to take home. Free and open to the public
West End (West Kendall)
Hammocks Community Park, 9885 Hammocks Blvd., and Olympic Park, 8601 SW 152nd Ave.
West End Events: Bike Tour and Art-Making:
March 12 and 13, 12-4 pm
“Look & Make: Color Rhythms”
Follow the Inside|Out map of reproductions from Pérez Art Museum Miami’s permanent collection installed around the park (and Hammocks Community Park, too). Find an image by Gene Davis titled Pepper Pot and be inspired to create your own jazzy art with a PAMM teaching artist. Free and open to the public.
Residents of Hialeah, Homestead and West End (West Kendall) can also attend a free Labor Day program, September 3 through 5, during regular museum hours at PAMM, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Proof of residency in certain ZIP codes required.
A calendar of related events and programs can be found at pamm.org/insideout. Residents are encouraged to share their Inside|Out experiences on social media with #PAMMInsideOut and follow PAMM for updates on Facebook (/perezartmuseummiami), Twitter (@pamm) and Instagram (@pammpics).