Natural Habitat


I began my Art Basel adventures in Herzog & de Meuron’s new art haven, the Pérez Art Museum Miaimi (PAMM). The Swiss architecture firm, amongst my favorites, has masterfully executed yet another museum to integrate dynamically and seamlessly into its surroundings. Set on the waterfront in downtown Miami, the stunning new building is home to a collection of art that reflects the cultural diversity of its audience. With a heavy focus on work of artists from North American, South American, Central American, and Caribbean origins, the opening installation is titled Americana. Inviting you in is artist Hew Locke’s nautical installation, a dozen scaled down ship replicas dangling from the ceiling. Continuing through, galleries are organized thematically with topics such as Desiring Landscape and Formalizing Craft. The dress I chose by Peter Pilotto seemed to blend beautifully with its architectural sleeves, organic print, and intricate yet clean embroidery. As I wove my way through the museum I became increasingly enchanted by the colors, textures, and forms that surrounded me, so much so that I did not want to leave. A theme that carried through my trip to Miami, and perhaps that is why I’m still here.

Peter Pilotto dress, Topshop socks, Chanel boots

Pérez Art Museum Miami, Herzog & de Meuron

Photographs by Kelly Smith