VISUAL ARTS 

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
April 11 - August 10, 2014
Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue
305.673.7530 www.bassmuseum.org
As part of the Bass Museum of Art's 50th anniversary celebrations, we are pleased to present Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui, the first solo show by this acclaimed artist to tour the United States. The exhibition highlights Anatsui's recent work and features twelve monumental metal wall and floor sculptures, widely considered to represent the apex of his career to date. In addition, a series of works on paper illuminate his artistic process, while wooden wall reliefs reference his extensive work in other media. Opening reception: April 10, 2014.

Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design
Continues through May 18, 2014
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
When the Fascist party seized power in Italy following the First World War, the regime set out to establish a unified political identity-one looking to the future while maintaining reverence for tradition. Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design explores how Italy's designers, artisans, manufacturers, and corporations helped cultivate a style that embodied the regime's concept of Italianità (Italianness), glorifying both the Roman Empire and the spirit of modernity. The works on view-furniture, ceramics, glass, graphic and product design, and industrial objects-comprise a portrait of modern Italy, highlighting the dialogue between identity and aesthetics that characterized this critical period of its history. Echoes and Origins is part of Rebirth of Rome, a series of exhibitions highlighting Italian art and design from the interwar period.

The Birth of Rome and Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata
Continues through May 18, 2014
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
On November 22, The Wolfsonian unveils The Birth of Rome and Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata. The two shows complete Rebirth of Rome, a series of exhibitions exploring Italian art, design, and political identity during the period of Benito Mussolini?s dictatorship. Already on view are Echoes and Origins: Italian Interwar Design and From Italy to the Americas: Italo Balbo's 1930 and 1933 Seaplane Squadrons. Italy during the interwar years faced sweeping changes to its political landscape: the struggle to recover from the First World War and the resulting instability set the stage for the Fascist Party?s rise to power. As Wolfsonian curator Silvia Barisione explains, "Mussolini was determined to create a modern, unified nation that was rooted in the splendor and glory of the ancient Roman past. [His] vision was that of a Third Rome, a new Empire that took its cue from history but was thoroughly contemporary. The exhibitions in Rebirth of Rome provide a perspective on the years of Fascist dictatorship, a time when the nation was grappling with complex questions of its collective identity."

Vanitas: Fashion and Art
Continues through July 20, 2014
Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue
305.673.7530 www.bassmuseum.org
Vanitas: Fashion and Art examines the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media.  As a meditation on the ephemerality of earthly pleasures and worldly accomplishments, vanitas artworks incorporate allusive imagery to suggest life's transience and more explicit representations of momento mori.  Fashion, with its accelerated cycle of obsolescence, explicit manifestation of status and material success, and potential for a narcissistic self-regard, is therefore an especially apt medium for vanitas.

CINEMA JUDAICA: THE WAR YEARS, 1939 - 1949
Continues through August 24, 2014
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue
305.672.5044 www.jmof.fiu.edu
This unprecedented exhibition of iconic Hollywood film posters from 1939-1949 illustrates how the motion picture industry countered America's isolationism, advocated going to war against the Nazis, influenced post-war perceptions of the Jewish people and the founding of the State of Israel, and shaped the face of contemporary Jewish life. The exhibition begins with the Hollywood studios' compliance with the Nazis' control of the motion picture industry in Germany, the ban on Jews from employment within it, and their restrictions on the American distribution of films shown in German and throughout Europe. Only one studio, Warner Brothers, refused to comply with any of Goebbel's demands and withdrew from the German market. Following the war, there were "Exodus" films addressing the attempt by European war refugees to build their lives and cultures after the Holocaust. Included are posters from classic films such as: Gentleman's Agreement, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, and The Great Dictator.

Growers, Grocers & Gefilte Fish: A Gastronomic Look at Florida Jews & Food
Continues through October 5, 2014
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue
305.672.5044 www.jmof.fiu.edu
In Jewish life, food is often a basis for gathering with friends and family to observe and celebrate traditions and life cycle events. From the pierogies of Poland to the salsas of South America, this exhibition will comprise a wide range of historic items that tell the story of Floridian Jews in the food industry - those who grow, prepare, distribute, cook and serve the foods we love.

Pleasure, Fear and the Pursuit of Happiness FREE
Ongoing
Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive
www.mbgarden.org
Nayda Collazo-Llorens will be installing 2D textual art along the meandering concrete pathways in the Garden. The text is based on thoughts and memories--both real and imagined--collected from Miami Beach locals and visitors.

Untitled ([construction of good)] 
Ongoing
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
The Wolfsonian-FIU presents a new site-specific exhibit, Untitled ([construction of good)] by artist Bhakti Baxter in The Wolfsonian Bridge Tender House beginning November 29th. The installation will take place in the steel structure created in the Art Deco style outside of the museum entrance. The focus of the exhibit will be on the construction of good for mankind, focusing on how the meanings of things are perpetually shaped by their human and historical contexts.

Egyptian Gallery
Ongoing
Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue
305.673.7530 www.bassmuseum.org
The Bass Museum of Art invites visitors to experience the ancient world at the only Egyptian Gallery in Florida.  The gallery offers a unique opportunity to learn about one of the world's oldest and most mysterious civilizations from its surviving objects, including an Egyptian sarcophagus and mummy.

MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida
Ongoing
Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Avenue
305.672.5044 www.jewishmuseum.com
More than 500 photos and artifacts that depict the Jewish experience in Florida since 1763. The exhibit includes three films and a timeline wall of Jewish history.

Selections from the Collection
Ongoing
Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue
305.673.7530 www.bassmuseum.org
The permanent collection of the Bass Museum of Art spans more than five hundred years and four continents, including works from Renaissance and Baroque paintings; Rococo court painting and English portraiture; painting and sculpture of North America, 19th and 20th century landscape and history paintings.

Art & Design in the Modern Age: Selections from the Wolfsonian Collection
Ongoing
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.fiu.edu
$7 Non-Members, $5 Seniors/Students, Members free
The nearly 300 works on display, 1885 to 1945, provide insight into the ways design has influenced and adapted to the modern world including design-reform movements, architecture, urbanism, industrial design, transportation, world's fairs, advertising, political propaganda, and labor iconography.

Artcenter/South Florida Artists-In-Residence FREE
Ongoing
Artcenter/South Florida, 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road
305.674.2728  www.artcentersf.org
ArtCenter/South Florida (ACSF) welcomes visitors to the working studios of the Artists-in-Residence.