The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the opening reception for its latest exhibit, "Dark Continents." The exhibit examines the modern fascination with tropical locales during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. International artists have gathered to create several site-specific pieces including large-scale murals and collages. 7-9 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Free with $5 admission. RSVP required. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
ABSTRACT AD MAN
The Kelley Roy Gallery hosts a series of bold abstract paintings and witty drawings from artist and award-winning ad creator Mike Tesch. Ends Oct. 18. Kelley Roy Gallery, 50 NE 29th St., Miami. Details: (305) 444-0004 or www.kelleyroygallery.com.
Bass Museum of Art presents "Splendor in the Bass: The Portraits" exhibition of the Western World. Ends Oct. 19. 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. $8 adults; $6 seniors and students with identification. Free for members and children younger than six; $6 seniors and students with identification; $8 adults. Details: (305) 673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.
EGYPT IN MIAMI
The Lowe Art Museum presents "Excavating Egypt: Great Discoveries from the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College, London," an exhibition of 221 Egyptian artifacts excavated by British archaeologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie. Ends Nov. 2. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. $10 for adults, $5 for non-UM students with I.D., $5 for adult groups of 10 or more, $3 for student groups of 10 or more and free to members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff and children under 12. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
JEWS IN SPORTS
The Jewish Museum of Florida presents "Florida Jews in Sports" exhibition that features nearly 150 athletes in two dozen sports. Ends Nov. 23. 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free for members and children under 6; $6 adults; $5 seniors; free on Saturdays. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University presents the exhibit "Thoughts on Democracy," comprised of posters by 55 contemporary artists and designers highlighting modern notions of democracy. Ends Dec. 7. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University presents "A Bittersweet Decade: The New Deal in America, 1933-43." The exhibit considers the impact of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs on American culture. It explores how the government's patronage of art, design and architecture were integral parts of the larger project of the New Deal, which aimed to spur recovery from the Great Depression and change American society. Ends Jan. 19. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
A FUTURISTIC PAST
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is hosting "Interama: Miami and the Pan-American Dream," based on the 1960s futuristic fair, Interama. While architects' predictions and visions for Miami never came to fruition, the museum has gathered their work into a multi-sensory exhibit that provides a look at post-World War II culture. Ends Jan. 25. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
BODY IN BLACK AND WHITE
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation hosts 35 photos taken by Spanish photojournalist Isabel Muñoz. The monochromatic exhibit aims to tell the story of the human body's condition in modern society. 7 p.m. Ends Oct. 5. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 1018 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 448-9677 or www.cifo.org.
LANGUAGE AS ART
miArte Gallery hosts "CONTEXTO," an exhibit examining the use of text as art and looks at how language is used to augment the artist's message. Ends Nov. 22. miArte Gallery, 85 Merrick Way, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 445-2783 or www.miartegallery.com.
The Bakehouse Art Complex hosts opening reception for "Walls Without Boundaries," celebrating Miami's collage of neighborhoods. Ends Oct. 3. Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Details: (305) 576-2828 or www.bacfl.org.
Venezuelan-artist Katiuska and Cremata Fine Art present the exhibit "Geisha." Based on her time spent in Paris observing Japanese art, Katiuska's latest exhibit remains in tune with Japanese simplicity. Ends Sept. 29. Cremata Fine Art, 1646 SW 8th St., Miami. Details: (305) 644-3315 or www.crematafineart.com.
THE EYE OF THE COLLECTOR
The Jewish Museum of Florida hosts an exhibit of the paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from Sigmund R. Balka's collection. The collection, built over the past 50 years, is an expression of Jewish life during the height of 19th century creativity in Europe. Ends Jan. 25. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $12 for families. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
CITY OF THE DEAD
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts the opening of a photography exhibit by architect Raul L. Rodriguez. The exhibition, "Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón" includes large color prints of the avenues, mausoleums, vaults and chapels of the Cristóbal Colón Cemetery in Havana, a resting place for national and historical figures. Ends Jan. 25. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art's Assistant Curator Ruba Katrib will moderate a discussion among the artists featured in the museum's exhibit "Dark Continents." The exhibit features site-specific installations by Ida Ekblad, Hadassah Emmerich, Naomi Fisher, Elke Krystufek and others. 2 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.