The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is delighted to partner with the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Design Miami/ to showcase two artworks pertaining to the environment during the month of December. The works, which include a commissioned neon artwork by artist Andrea Bowers and a painting by artist Tomás Sánchez, are the first to be featured in LDF’s new “Art and the Environment” initiative, which explores and highlights the intersections of art and the environment. The collaboration with PAMM also includes screenings of Before the Flood, the National Geographic documentary film by Academy-Award winning filmmaker, Fisher Stevens, and narrated and produced by Academy-Award winner Leonardo DiCaprio, which explores the impacts of climate change and the actions we can take to mitigate them.
On December 3rd, LDF hosted a panel discussion with the featured artists; Terry Tamminen, LDF’s CEO; Franklin Sirmans, Director, PAMM; Lisa Schiff, President, SFA Advisory; and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine to speak to the urgent need to take action on climate change; to explore the relationships between art and the environment; and to discuss how visual art can create meaningful engagements with people that other forms of communication often can’t.
“The impacts of climate change can be felt in communities across the world, but here in the United States, few places are as vulnerable as Miami to rising seas and worsening storms,” said Terry Tamminen during the event. “We felt Art Basel Miami Beach was an appropriate time and place to install these works to bring greater awareness to the astounding challenges we face. We are proud to partner with PAMM, and are grateful for the support of Andrea and Tomás in this initiative.”
Former Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine said: