Enjoy Chinese food, cocktails and a tour of the Lowe Art Museum's Asian Gallery with Director Brian Dursum during September's LoweDown happy hour. 7-9 p.m. Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Free for members. $10 others. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
Dorsh Gallery presents "Bubble Raft," a group exhibition. Open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Ends Oct. 2. Dorsh Gallery, 151 NW 24th St., Miami. Details: (305) 576-1278 or www.dorshgallery.com.
The University of Miami School of Architecture presents the Mark Hampton Fellow of the American Institute of Architects Exhibition. Mr. Hampton, an architect from the Tampa area, is known for pioneering sustainable tropical homes. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Ends Sept. 30. Irvin Korach Gallery at the University of Miami School of Architecture's Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables. Free. Details: www.arc.miami.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.
A LIFE'S WORK
The Miami Art Museum presents "Focus Gallery: Purvis Young" an exhibit featuring works that span local self-taught artist Mr. Young's career, depicting scenes of life in Overtown. Ends Nov. 7. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamiartmuseum.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. 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-Florida International University, 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.
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.
The University of Miami presents an exhibit displaying the work of its incoming Master of Fine Arts students, including sculptures, ceramics, photography and digital imaging. Ends Sept. 17. The University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences Gallery at the Wesley Foundation, 1210 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-2543 or email@example.com or www.as.miami.edu/art.
Miami International University of Art & Design showcases "Not Just Made Men," an exhibit on loan from the Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History at Duke University. The exhibit features documents and ad campaigns from the early 1960s. Before the opening a panel of industry experts will discuss graphic design and the advertising industry in the 1960s and how it has evolved. Ends Sept. 30. Miami International University of Art & Design, 1501 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Free. RSVP requested for panel discussion. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mymiu.edu.
Explore Coral Gables' art galleries during Gables Gallery Night every first Friday of the month. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while perusing a range of artwork from paintings and sculptures to textiles and photography. Transportation between galleries provided on the city's trolleys or air-conditioned minibuses. 7-10 p.m. Participating galleries at 169 Madeira Ave., 2970 Ponce de Leon Blvd. and 2440 Ponce de Leon Blvd in Coral Gables. Details: (305) 444-4493.
PARENT AND CHILD
Cernuda Arte presents an opening reception of Flora Fong and Li Dominguez Fong's "The Mother, The Son: Two Artists, One Passion." 7-10 p.m. Cernuda Arte, 3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Free. Details: (305) 461-1050 or email@example.com or www.cernudaarte.com.
Area galleries showcase nature-themed works at this month's Grove Gallery Walk. Features include Atena Komar's luminous beaded sea creatures and mermaids at Blu Moon Studio's "Beaded Deep Ocean Exhbit," Angeline Martinez's mixed-media paintings exploring the emotions surrounding the Gulf Coast oil spill in Dharma Studio's "Caliginosity" and an opening reception for GroveHouse Artist's "Flora and Fauna" exhibition. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served at participating galleries. 7-10 p.m. CocoWalk area, 3015 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove. Free. Details: (305) 461-5506 or www.coconutgrove.com.
INSPIRED BY DANCE
RODEZart.com Gallery holds an opening reception for a collective exhibition of 15 artists' works depicting ballet scenes, from pointe shoes and voile tutus to dancers in action. Part of the Grove Gallery Walk. 7-10 p.m. Exhibit ends Sept. 26. RODEZart.com Gallery at CocoWalk, 3015 Grand Ave., suite 237, Coconut Grove. Details: (786) 543-7237 or www.rodezart.com.
THE MYSTERY UNFOLDS
Author Jilliane Hoffman discusses her book "Pretty Little Things," a South-Florida based tale about a dedicated special agent who works to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a teenage girl. 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
Scott Eyman shares tales from the life of Cecil B. DeMille, best known as director of "The Ten Commandments" and "King of Kings." Mr. DeMille won the 1952 Academy Award in the "Best Picture" category for "The Greatest Show on Earth" and was one of the few silent-era directors to remain successful after films transitioned to include sound. Author Mr. Eyman wrote "Empire of Dreams: the Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille." 8 p.m. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.