THE ELECTRICITY THAT IGNITES
The idea that human touch and body heat provide the genesis of life is explored in ArtCenter/South Florida's latest exhibition, Body Heat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 30 at Miami Beach City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-8278.
UM GALLERY NIGHT
The University of Miami hosts a gallery night featuring an exhibit by Cristina Figueredo. Exhibit runs through July 29. 7-9 p.m. at the University of Miami, Casa Bacardi/Olga-Saladrigas Hall, 1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-2822.
Art Center South Florida has launched an exhibition titled Meter that uses a parking meter as inspiration for various works that reflect the artists' relationships with traffic, parking and notions of time cycles. Featured artists include Maria Jose Arjona, Magnus Sigardurson, Patrick de Castro, Ena Marrero, Kathy Kissick, David Leroi, Melissa Ruffino, Blakey Ross, Jonathan Peck and Kevin Tarasuk. 7-10 p.m. opening reception, with exhibition through July 31 at Art Center, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-8278 or www.artcentersf.org.
The department of art and art history at Florida International University presents faculty members in a dual exhibition featuring Tori Arpad's multimedia installation and video works and Kate Kretz's paintings and mixed-media textile creations. Through July 31 at Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, FIU, University Park Campus, 11200 SW Eighth St. Details: (305) 348-2890 or www.frostartmuseum.org.
The Lowe Art Museum presents Jan Matulka-Global Modernist, a selection from the permanent collection, through Sept. 4 at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. $2-$5. Students free. Details: (305)284-3535.
Marking Time: Moving Images in Contemporary Art focuses on video, installation and sculptural works by artists Janine Antoni, Dara Friedman and Felix Gonzalez-Torres and others. The works are linked by the way they mark time. Through Sept. 11 at Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $5. Details: www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Miami Art Museum presents Figuratively Speaking: Selections from the Permanent Collection, examining the representation of the human figure in US, Latin American and European art since the 1960s. Through Oct. 30 at the Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Members, students and children under 12 free; $2.50-$5 others. Free admission every Sunday; guided tours at 2 p.m. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Miami Art Museum presents Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu in an exhibit combining collage and ink drawings of distorted figures reflecting society's obsession with physical appearance. Through Oct. 9 at 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000.
MAIL ART MOVEMENT
The exhibit For Everyone and No One explores a period in the 1970s at New York's Truman Gallery, when artists challenged the art market by creating works out of postal mail. Jock Truman and Eric Green have donated their accumulation of mail art to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and in conjunction with the exhibit, the museum is encouraging artists to submit original material. Opening preview 7-9 p.m. at MOCA, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Exhibition through Sept. 4. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
Irene Sperber discusses her 10-year work "Havana: A Fading Masterpiece." 2 p.m., with brunch at noon at Murano at Portofino, 1000 S Pointe Drive, Miami Beach. Details: RSVP to (305) 534-8322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.