Nyugen Smith, Bundlehouse: Borderlines No.4 (Sint Maricotín), 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Pérez Art Museum Miami Gifted $1 Million for New Caribbean Cultural Institute

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) has received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of its new Caribbean Cultural Institute, a curatorial and research platform dedicated to the promotion of scholarship and artistic production across the Caribbean and its diaspora.

“Miami exists as a northern border of the Caribbean and contains elements of the Caribbean in its peoples and culture that make it a nexus point for the study of the region,” said PAMM director Franklin Sirmans. “It is integral to our mission to further cultural dialogue within that space, and to amplify it outwards to the international community. We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this goal.”

Through the institute, the PAMM plans to expand research and scholarship, engage with a broader public through digital and print publications, strengthen the museum’s permanent collection holdings from Caribbean artists, and organize exhibitions such as “The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art,” a thematic group show featuring the art of fourteen artists—including Deborah Anzinger, Andrea Chung, Angel Otero, and Jamilah Sabur—that will open at the museum on Thursday.