Miami Art Museum (MAM), a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, FL, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. MAM serves one of the most diverse and fast-growing regions of the country, where a confluence of North and Latin American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. MAM embraces its role as a cultural anchor and touchstone in a city that welcomes countless ethnic and age groups, lifestyles and ideas.
MAM's far-ranging vision is expressed in the breadth and depth of its exhibition program. In 2009, MAM premiered the most comprehensive survey of works by Argentine artist Guillermo Kuitca ever presented in North America. In 2010, the Museum organized an exhibition of interactive works by Carlos Cruz-Diez, one of Latin America’s most important living masters, and a group exhibition of new works by Miami-based artists. In November 2010, MAM opened Susan Rothenberg’s first South Florida exhibition, the artist’s first museum show in over a decade. MAM has also recently presented exhibitions of works by Janet Cardiff and George Buress Miller, Quisqueya Henriquez, Wifredo Lam, and Yinka Shonibare.
Prior to becoming a collecting institution in 1996, MAM's predecessor, the Center for the Fine Arts, was strictly an exhibiting organization, presenting exhibitions from the entire breadth of art history. It had no collection of its own. As part of an institution-wide reorganization, the new Museum dedicated itself to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on international art of the western hemisphere.
MAM advances public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture and design, and enhances the cultural experience of the residents and visitors to South Florida. MAM promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas reflecting the diversity of its community and its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas.
The mission of MAM is to exhibit, collect, preserve and interpret international art with a focus on the art of the Western Hemisphere from the World War II era to the present. To complement its mission and to provide a broader historical context, MAM presents works of art outside of this time frame when appropriate.
MAM is dedicated to education and scholarship. To this end, MAM takes a variety of approaches, including publications and other materials, to interpret its collection and exhibitions for its many audiences. MAM engages the community in lively exchange, fosters fresh ideas and conveys the excitement of the creative process. The museum is a catalyst for the visual arts nationally and internationally.