I decided to pop down the Perez Art Museum Miami this afternoon. It had been awhile since I been in (new exhibits, etc) and, I needed a quiet spot to work on my upcoming article for the inaugural issue of the MakersMovement Artzine, due out in January.
With my twofold goal in mind, I spent the first part of my visit exploring the new exhibit(s) and chatting with a few of the guards that I recognized from previous days at the museum.
The current rotating exhibit, Poetics of Relation consists of multiple international artists, tackling ideas of disapora, migration and colonialism and how the ebb and flow of peoples (willing and unwilling) affect culture, history and the landscape of the effected countries.
It was impossible not to be moved by the work presented. Most notably (imho) by the HUGE, text-based sculptural work by Xaviera Simmons, The Lushness Of, written in the three languages of Miami; english, spanish and creole.
Moving through this exhibition was a journey of discovery. Just past the wall, lay Ledelle Moe's statuary pieces; Memorial Collapse V.
Like a crumbling temple, or the remnants of some ancient statue long forgotten in the jungle, these large heads allude to the permanence and impermanence of culture, society and civilization. I was also immediately reminded of a certain Sci-fi movie, where the protagonist finds himself on a beach, finding a symbol of his culture toppled, and buried in the sand :) (Guess what movie I'm thinking of???)
After touring the rest of the museum, I took a little lunchbreak on the terrace to work on my article. It was a beautiful day, at the tail end of some of reaaaaaally hot and muggy weather, so it was fantastic just to be able to be outside a bit.
I've still got a good bit to go on the Zine article, but am super excited to have a solid start. I can't wait until it's available for purchase - I'll definitely include a link for anyone curious!
Until then <3