CONVERSATIONS ON SOCIETY
ArtCenter/South Florida presents a mixed-media work and installation exhibition on social intercourse. Participating artists include Diane Arrieta, Nazare Feliciano, Ketie Deits and Jonathan Stein. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at ArtCenter Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-8278 or www.artcentersf.org.
Anyly Fraga-Pelaez exhibits her environment-inspired works. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 10 at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus' Access-Meed Gallery, Room 1180, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 237-3371.
MORE THAN WORDS
Art Center/South Florida presents More Than Words, an exhibition featuring artists who make use of the written form in their work. Featured artists include Tawnie Silva, Susan Lee Chun, Vicenta Casan, Vickie Pierre, Diane Hanson, Ena Marrero and Kerry Phillips. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-8278 or www.artcentersf.org.
PABLO CANO MARIONETTES
Artist Pablo Cano explores man's journey through the ages in the production "The Beginning." Cano's cast of 100 marionettes includes Adam and Eve, planets, dinosaurs, the menagerie of Noah's Ark, robots and dancing telephones and televisions crafted from found objects like cracker tins, wash tubs and suitcases. 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. $10 members, $15 non-members, $2 children. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
The exhibit Earth Body Sculpture and Performance displays the career of Ana Mendieta and her work influenced by Caribbean and North American cultures. She used her art to connect with her cultural roots and to explore spiritual themes. Through Jan. 15 at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or miamiartmuseum.org.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University celebrates its 10th anniversary with an exhibition offering an exploration of American hotels in the early 20th century. The exhibit will focus on the Schultze & Weaver hotels and explore the changing patterns of design and use of urban hotels' guestrooms. Presentation drawings and architectural plans will comprise the core show, which will be followed by furniture, tableware, photographs and printed ephemera displays. Noon-6 p.m. through May 18 at the Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $5-$7. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
EXPEDITIONS ON FILM
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents the premiere of a film by British artist Isaac Julien. "True North" is the first film in a trilogy of histories of expeditions. The film is based on the story of Matthew Henson, the first African American to reach the North Pole. The exhibition will include a suite of photographs related to the film. 7-9 p.m. through Feb. 5 at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. $25. RSVP required. Details: (305) 893-6211, Ext. 23.
The Pulse art fair will be a statement on contemporary art featuring international galleries that have built or are building a strong and consistent exhibition program. Pulse will highlight the work of international artists as well as reflect the cultural richness as a whole city through the exhibition of local artists. Noon through Dec.4 at the Wynwood District, 2700 NW Second Ave., Miami. $7-$10. Details: www.pulse-art.com/miami.
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents its new exhibition space, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, with the interactive exhibition Cloud City by Miami artist collaborative Friends With You. Viewers are invited to become participants in Cloud City, an adventurous dream-world playground designed to reinvigorate audiences with childlike energy and optimism. 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m through Jan. 29 at MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. $2-$5. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
Art Basel Miami Beach is a program of special exhibitions, parties and events including music, film and architecture. The show features a selection of 195 leading art galleries in the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. 2-10 p.m. through Dec. 4 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1900 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. $12-$50. Details: www.artbaselmiamibeach.com.
IMAGING & IDENTITY
Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami presents Imaging and Identity: African American Art. Preview lecture and reception 7 p.m. at 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. $5. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
New World School of the Arts presents Voices, an exhibition of students' works. 6-9 p.m. opening reception. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 4 at 25 NE Second St., Miami. Details: www.mdc.edu/nwsa.
The Bakehouse Art Complex presents Breakfast at the Bakehouse, its winter juried art show. William Carlson, art professor at the University of Miami, will serve as juror. 9 a.m.-noon through Jan. 8 at 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Details: (305) 576-2828 or www.bakehouseartcomplex.org.
The Miami Design District hosts a series of more than 40 exhibitions featuring renowned artists. The event will include live entertainment. 8:30 p.m. at 180 NE 40th St., Miami. Details: (305) 674-1292 or designmiami.com.
The community benefit and arts program A Royal Celebration of Art auction supports African-American artists and youth development. The auction will feature the works of nationally acclaimed artists including Synthia Saint James and Robert McKnight of Miami. Proceeds will benefit summer arts-education programs at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. RSVP by Dec. 2. Details: (800) 728-0031 or www.royalcaribbean.com/gopack.