Bridging Miami's Diverse Community Interest in ART

The Chief Curator at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami discusses community engagement ...

Tobias Ostrander chief curator at the Pérez Art Museum (PAMM) has the charge to uphold the curators mandate, to serve the community.  Miami, Dade County, is a diverse community. The different ethnic groups in Miami are fractured and self interested and effectively serving this community as a curator is a delicate but daunting task.

Ostrander’s curatorial background is expansive. Tobias has experience curating and designing exhibitions coupled with a background in contemporary and Latin American art. This will prove to be an asset in this uniquely diverse and divided community that the Museum will be serving.  We asked him - What is the public that PAMM is serving?

Programming and Community Engagement

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) announced the acquisition of three new works by African American artists, Terry Adkins, Ed Clark and Leslie Hewitt at the Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American Art.

Acquisitions (PAMM Fund for African American Art -- Leslie Hewett)

The next acquisition is Master Artist Ed Clark who has been in the game of ART since the 1950's. Now in his 80's, he is being recognized by the Pérez Art Museum.

Ed Clark is an African American abstract expressionist artist -- an American Color Field painter whose style was shaped by the years he spent in Paris in the early 1950s.

Mr. Clark is an important figure in the history of postwar abstract art, a history that includes African American practitioners — from Norman Lewis and Alma Thomas to Sam Gilliam, Howardena Pindell, Stanley Whitney and Jack Whitten. It is a rich, complex and little-known history

Tobias speaks on Ed Clark's work and career (below).

Acquisitions (PAMM Fund for African American Art -- Ed Clark)


(Below: Pink Wave by Ed Clark, 2006)

Tobias Ostrander joined Miami Art Museum after serving as the director of El Museo Experimental del ECO, an alternative contemporary art space run by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City.

Prior to his work in Mexico City, Ostrander served as associate curator for inSITE 2000, a site-specific, bi-national art project for the regions of San Diego , CA , and Tijuana , Mexico . He also held curatorial positions at XXIV Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil and several institutions in New York , including El Museo del Barrio, Camilla’s, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Creative Time and the Museum of Modern Art . 

(Above: children outside of PAMM looking in and waiting their turn for a class tour -- photo: Lyndale Pettus)

Listen to segments from our conversation with Tobias Ostrander Below:

Programming and Family Engagement

Poetics of Relation Exhibition (2015)

Sun Splashed (Nari Ward Exhibition)

Learn more about PAMM acquisitions and public programs at the following locations: 

PAMM Family Guide

PAMM Family Packs

PAMM Fund for African American Art

PAMM Story Time

Poetics of Relation, Exhibition (2015)

Sun Splashed -- Major Survey of Artist, Nari Ward (2015)

(Left: mother and daughter spend together at Pérez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami)

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