Pinta Miami celebrates its sixteenth iteration in The Hangar, the new venue in the artistic community of Coconut Grove. The Fair presents Latin American and Spanish modern and contemporary art at geographical crossroads. During Miami Art Week, new visitors will connect with larger national and global art enthusiasts and collectors in this landmark building of singular distinction.
The Hangar, as we know it today, is located on Dinner Key, once a small island in Biscayne Bay that was connected to the mainland in 1914. The original hangar was built in 1918 during World War I to serve as a training field for the U.S. Navy. That building was destroyed in a hurricane in 1926. A few years later in 1930, the newly launched Pan American Airways selected Dinner Key as its base for its inter-American operations. The following year in 1931 Pan American opened the first hangar and expanded the facilities on Dinner Key with the construction of the Pan American Terminal Building, now City Hall, and additional hangers. Pan Am’s seaplanes, also known as flying boats, revolutionized air travel by offering Flying Clipper service for the first time to Latin America.
At the Hangar, Pinta Miami embraces the artistic and historical sites of a landmark community and its historical connections to Latin America. In exchange, the Fair offers a dynamic showcase of premier art created in the Americas and Spain.
Julia P. Herzberg, Ph.D. art historian and curator
Specialist in contemporary and modern art