Katerina Llanes, Perez Art Museum Miami, Art Coordinator
Katerina Llanes’ relationship with Pérez Art Museum Miami has come full circle. Years ago, as a teenager attending Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove, she went on a field trip to what was then the Miami Art Museum. It was there that she fell in love with contemporary art, through the works of photographer Cindy Sherman and performance artist Marina Abramovic. “But I still left Miami because I believed it couldn’t offer what I was looking for,” said Llanes, who went on to dive into art curatorial and critical studies at Smith and Bard colleges, in Massachusetts and New York, respectively. Next, she got to work on projects like a Google-sponsored series of YouTube videos selected by artists like Jim Drain for Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art. “Then, this position for PAMM’s time-based art coordinator opened up and it seem tailored to my skills,” Llanes recalled. “So I decided it was totally okay to move home.”
For those who don’t know exactly what a time-based art coordinator does, the job loosely encompasses any type of short-lived art, whether it’s an exhibit, site-specific installment resulting from an artist residency or performance, including music and dance. Electronic music concerts every third Thursday evening, one of the museum’s most popular ongoing events thanks to its outdoor, bayside setting, fall under her realm. In June, the New York-based Teengirl Fantasy collaborates with a Korean R&B singer—not your typical South Beach nightclub fare. “We aren’t about doing jazz on the terrace,” said Llanes, who had a ball curating authentic tie-ins for “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World,” an exhibit that highlights two centuries of Caribbean art, on view through August 17. “We partnered with the Rhythm Foundation and Caribbean-American Heritage Foundation to bring Haitian and Trinidadian bands.”
Whereas some museums in the Sun Belt go quiet off-season, Miami’s summer storms give Llanes even more reason to plan away. Families descend on the museum for free Second Saturdays’ educational activities, and anyone seeking a respite from the heat will surely appreciate July’s Caribbean Film Series. “Culture and air-conditioning,” said Llanes, “what else could you ask for?”
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ART EXHIBITS NOT TO BE MISSED
Baby, it’s hot outside! But if you can’t make it to the cool happenings at PAMM, you can still escape the heat at these chill exhibits.
“3 Dollars & 6 Dimes”: David Castillo Gallery presents this solo show of paintings, installation and performance by the New York-based Sanford Biggers. Antebellum quilts, rendered with spray paint and acrylic, are among works that draw from hip-hop, Buddhism and slave narratives. The exhibit runs through July 5. (2234 NW Second Avenue, Miami; 305-573-8110; davidcastillogallery.com.) “We Float Above to Spit and Sing”: This solo exhibit at Emerson Dorsch marks the Miami premiere for Virginia-based Michael Jones McKean, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. Known for large-scale installations and sculptures, McKean’s new show is inspired by myth and allegory and pushes narrative boundaries. The exhibit runs through July 31. (151 NW 24th Street, Miami; 305-576-1278; dorschgallery.com.)
“Gold”: The Bass Museum of Art appropriately celebrates its 50th anniversary with “Gold,” an overview of how artists apply the coveted metal to their work, from its color to its symbolism. Featuring artists like Sherrie Levine, Carlos Betancourt and Cristina Lei Rodriguez, the exhibit runs from August 8 through January 11, 2015. (2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-673-7530; bassmuseum.org.)