A LIFE'S WORK
The Miami Art Museum hosts an opening reception for "Focus Gallery: Purvis Young" with a screening of 2006 documentary "Purvis of Overtown." The exhibit features works that span local self-taught artist Mr. Young's career, depicting scenes of life in Overtown. 7 p.m. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Members Free. Others $10. Details: (305) 375-3000 or email@example.com or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
EXERCISE IN ABSTRACT
Venezuelan painter Eliecer Rodriguez' colorful, abstract works are displayed. Ends Aug. 20. Viernes Culturales Art Gallery, 742 SW 16th Ave., Miami. Free. Details: www.viernesculturales.org.
Peruse multimedia works by Miami International University of Art & Design faculty at the school's annual juried faculty exhibition. Ends Aug. 13. Miami International University of Art & Design, 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. Details: www.mymiu.edu.
Colorful, glowing images pop in this exhibit by underwater photographer Colin Foord. Fluorescent photos document the zoanthids of Florida's coral reefs. On view 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ends Sept. 26. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center at Crandon Park, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. Details: (305) 361-6767 or www.biscaynenaturecenter.org.
The Bass Museum of Art presents an exhibit by Parisian artists Samuel Boutruche and Benjamin Moreau, who work under the name "Kolkoz." Their work spans a wide variety of media from video to sculpture and installation, including forms created using ornate gold fames placed within one another in an Escher-like optical illusion. Ends Aug. 8. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.
Peruse nearly a century's worth of advertising for medicine, pharmacy and public health, including rare pieces. Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
"Jaguar's Spots: Ancient Mesoamerican Art from the Lowe Art Museum" features 175 pieces from the Olmec, Maya and Aztec areas spanning more than 2,000 years, including a rare codex-style Maya vase with text and mythological imagery. Ends Oct. 31. Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Free for members. $10 nonmembers. Details: www.6.miami.edu/lowe/index.htm.
In honor of its 15th anniversary, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University showcases 100 objects in its "+5: Recent Acquisitions from the Wolfsonian Collection." Features: a large Teco bottle vase with a swirled base designed by Fritz Albert, a collection of color lithographs by American photographer William Henry Jackson and a tabletop sculpture by Gio Ponti and Tomasco Buzzi designed for the Italian Foreign Ministry. Ends Sept. 26. The Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $5-$7. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
BLACK BEANS AND LOX
Peruse 30 large-format photographs by Randi Sidman-Moore in "Lox with Black Beans and Rice: Portraits of Cuban Jews in South Florida." Images are coupled with brief oral histories on the lives of Cuban Jews who fled to the area after the 1959 Cuban communist revolution. Learn about their daily lives, holiday rituals and how the "Jewban" subculture differs from or is similar to the larger society. Ends Sept. 26. Jewish Museum of Florida, 311 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami showcases the first comprehensive museum exhibit in the US of Paris-based collective artist Claire Fontaine's works. "Claire Fontaine: Economies" features sculptures, paintings, neon, videos and text that the museum's associate curator Ruba Katrib calls "a visual meditation on alternative value systems and on the contradictions connected to concepts of "ownership.'" Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Ends Aug. 22. Free for museum members and North Miami residents. Details: (305) 893-6211 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mocanomi.org.
Miami Art Museum highlights local artists' work in "New Work Miami." The exhibit features paintings, sculptures, drawings, video and more by 35 Miami-based artists. Ends Oct. 17. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
"GIANTS IN THE CITY"
For a few days, Miami Beach Botanical Garden will be home to 22 giant, inflatable fabric sculptures designed by artists, including Jose Bedia, Edouard Duval-Carrié and Sergio Garcia. Catch the inflated works or watch them being blown up to full size at an opening ceremony. 10 a.m. ceremony. Exhibit ends Aug. 6. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Address. Free. Details: www.mbgarden.org.
WAR AND POLITICS
Miami artist Rosemarie Romero's photomontage prints attacking wars in the Middle East, Africa and other distant countries are displayed in "Sexual War Politics." Meet the artist at an opening reception. 6-10 p.m. Exhibit ends Aug. 31. World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $15. Details: (305) 532-9336 or www.weam.com.