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United States of PAMM: an Independence Day celebration in retrospect

Mojo Jojo by Polly Apfelbaum, 2001
Mojo Jojo by Polly Apfelbaum, 2001
Monica Gonzalez

In Miami, the fourth of July holiday is typically spent soaking in as much UVA and UVB rays as humanly possible, be it on a boat or on the sand of South Beach. This past Friday, the Perez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM), rallied their members to RSVP themselves and a select few art-appreciating friends to come out and experience the patriotic holiday in true American style. PAMM transformed their backyard facing Biscayne Bay into a full on BBQ, with the obvious option of experience the first amendment via artistic expression, first-hand, as museum hours were extended till 9:00 p.m. With museum parking priced at the welcomed competitive price of $10 for the day (other parking lots alongside Biscayne Blvd were charging upwards of $25), what’s not to love?

After letting the prized works of the international art hub sink in, guests were ushered outside to indulge in classic 'Americana’ favorites, such as corn on the cob, brisket and chicken kabobs, hot dogs with the option of fixings, beer, and potato chips. After practicing the American right of gluttony sans shame, fireworks promptly shot up into the sky at 9:00 p.m., without fail. Bright blues, shocking greens, stark reds, and golden sparks of light lit up the sky above and for about fifteen minutes. Some saw a the traditional light show while others saw a sporadic live-action art performance temporarily affixed to the night sky.

Art and tradition, both being intricately intertwined in history through through the portrayal of the human condition, society, politics, love, and just about everything else the Declaration of Independence more or less stood for, truly made the PAMM a more than appropriate stop this Fourth of July.