‘MAM not PAM’ protest against museum name change

By | December 5th, 2011 | 14 Comments
MAM, not PAM

The Miami Art Museum's imminent name change, to the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County (PAM, for short), has a lot of people pissed off. -- image posted to the 'MAM not PAM' Facebook page by Mixolidia Gautreaux

MAM is getting a facelift and a name change. How Miami.

You may not have heard above the Art Basel din about developer Jorge Pérez’s controversial donation of $15 million in cash and another $15 million in art to the Miami Art Museum. Why controversial? Well, to reward Pérez’s munificence, the museum is changing its name from the Miami Art Museum — a snappy MAM, for short — to the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County (JMPAMoMDC? PAM?).

Some may consider that a fair trade. MAM, after all, is in much need of funding to build its stunning $220 million, bayside, Herzog & de Meuron-designed building (slated for dedication in 2013), and Pérez had already donated $5 million to the effort.

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