LOOKING BACK AND FORTH
miArte Gallery presents the exhibit "Favorite Things" featuring the work of George Rodez and MANO. The artists have selected pieces from popular past collections to be presented along with new favorites. The exhibit conveys the contemporary approach of combining the past with new possibilities. Ends May 23. miARTE Gallery, 85 Merrick Way, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 445-2783 or www.miartegallery.com.
MEXICO IN MIAMI
Demet Koc Studio Gallery hosts a one-day exhibit of the work of Mexican artist Luis Iga. Titled "Him | Her," the collection showcases Mr. Iga's colorful photography contrasted with minimalist undertones. The exhibit is said to be inspired by the artist's time in Miami. 6-10 p.m. Demet Koc Studio Gallery, 250 NW 23rd St., suite 406, Miami. RSVP required. Details: (877) 743-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diaspora Vibe Gallery hosts "Runaway Reactions" featuring the work of Marlon Griffith and Susan Mains. Mr. Griffith's work, presented in video displays, examines social criticism in Trinidad's Carnival. Ms. Mains' collection explores the quality of light, contrast and color. Ends May 21. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, 3938 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 573-4046 or www.diasporavibe.net.
CITY OF THE DEAD
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts a photography exhibit by local architect Raul L. Rodriguez. "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 May 25. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
Midori Gallery and the Consulate General of Japan host the exhibit "Triptych: The Narrative Art of Historical Japan." All of the pieces from the collection are Japanese woodblock prints that create vivid, detailed pictures telling the story of Japanese heroes and legends. Ends June 6. Midori Gallery, 3168 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove.
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GIANTS IN THE GARDEN
Artist Mark di Suvero's enormous steel sculptures rise over Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's world-famous flowering trees and vines, merging the worlds of art and engineering. The collection includes five massive steel structures said to seamlessly fit into the delicate fauna. Ends May 31. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
"Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami" explores the impact of African-Americans, Africans, black Caribs and black Hispanics on Miami through historic photographs, oral histories, memorabilia, film and artifacts related to black pioneers, families, laborers, communities and organizations spanning the 100-year history of black migration to Miami. Ends Jan. 24. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler, Miami. Details: (305) 375-1657 or www.hmsf.org.
Work from 30 emerging African-American artists. Ends May 30. Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th St., Miami. Details: (305) 573-6090 or www.30americans.com.
Photographs of Manhattan's Lower East Side during the 1950s and '60s by Gabriela Landau. Through the hustle and bustle of corner delis, street vendors and busy pedestrians, the collection gives a nostalgic glimpse of New York City a half-century ago. Ends May 10. Jewish Museum of Florida, 311 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free for members, $18 others. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
ART AND FAITH
"NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith," co-organized by the Menil Collection and PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, brings together an intergenerational group of artists who address the use of rituals in the artistic process and the implications of spirituality in contemporary art. Ends Sept. 13. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmusem.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art's newest exhibit investigates how technological innovations from the early 20th century provided artists with new means to create abstract moving images. Titled "Abstract Cinema," the exhibit brings together a wide range of artists who have broken boundaries by using new media in creative ways. Ends May 10. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
FIRST TIME IN WYNWOOD
The Museum of Contemporary Arts' Wynwood gallery hosts the first museum exhibition of Miami-native Luis Gispert. The exhibit features works in a variety of media and examines the concept of customization as a means to the sublime. Ends June 27. 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
Venezuelan artist Nela Ochoa's exhibit "Genetic Portraits." The multimedia exhibition combines video art, sculpture and performance to explore the genetic code of the human body. Ends Sept. 6. Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Sweetwater. Details: (305) 348-2890 or www.frostartmuseum.org.
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
"The Three Sides of Seidman" showcases the work of photographer Barry Seidman. The exhibit contains photos that focus on flowers, prints made from the pigment of fruits and vegetables and images from his travels. Ends May 23. Dharma Studio Contemporary Art, 3170 Commodore Plaza Coconut Grove. Details: (305) 461-1777.
THE FUTURE OF ART
The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum hosts the sixth annual "Creative Visions 2009" student-art exhibition. The juried exhibit features the work of students from elementary, middle and high school with winners receiving scholarship awards. 6-8 p.m. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Sweetwater. Details: (305) 348-2890 or www.frostartmuseum.org.