VISUAL ARTS 

Strange Bedfellows FREE
Opens September 5, 2014
Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS), 420 Lincoln Road
305.535.1464 mbus.fiu.edu
Strange Bedfellows is a national traveling exhibition that explores collaborative practice in queer art making. It has been curated by Amy Cancelmo and in collaboration with Masters in Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice student Brittni Winkler under the guidance of FIU Assistant Professor of Drawing, Michael Namkung. The project and associated programs at the Miami Beach Urban Studios are sponsored by the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism, Cultural & Economic Development and the Queer Cultural Center. The exhibit was first presented at Root Division, San Francisco, as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in June of 2013. Exhibition continues through October 16, 2014

Laura Vinci: Untitled (from the series "Papéis Avulsos") FREE
Continues through September 7, 2014
ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road
www.artcentersf.org
Vinci's artistic production dialogues with historical modernist and avant-garde movements in Brazil in which the experiential and materiality of the work is given a privileged position in its conceptual and formal make up. The artist enters into dialogue with these traditions by using a variety of materials that enhance the work's structural dimension and aesthetic potentiality. Her penchant for the juxtaposition of the mechanical with the lyrical creates a compelling tension prevalent in the installations for which she is known.  Whether using marble dust, frozen electrical tubes, glass bowls filled with water and metal piping or suspended sheets of paper that gently glide upward and downward in space, Vinci approaches the architectural environment with equal wonder and precision.
 
From a Coin Toss into Politics: The Life of a Senator
Opens September 16, 2014
Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 301 Washington Avenue
305.672.5044 www.jmof.fiu.edu
Senator Richard B. Stone served as Florida's second and most recent Jewish U.S. Senator (1975-1980). This colorful exhibit, including photographs, classified documents and artifacts, illustrates the Senator's fascinating story, from growing up on Miami Beach in his family-owned Blackstone Hotel, to the elegant ball gowns worn by his "First Lady" Marlene at White House State dinners, to highlights from his prestigious Ambassadorships in Central America and Denmark. Stone's foray into 40 years of public service began as Miami City Attorney, however, when a new Florida Senate seat was created in 1967, it was a winning coin toss that solidified his entry into the political arena. (Preview: September 15th) Exhibition continues through March 22, 2015.

On Location: Dimensions Variable FREE
Opens September 17, 2014
ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road
www.artcentersf.org
ArtCenter continues with its series, On Location with Dimensions Variable (DV), an artist-run space based in downtown Miami and currently celebrating its 5 year anniversary this September. DV has organized an exhibition with Nellie Appleby, Allison Matherly and Cristina Lei Rodriguez at ArtCenter's Richard Shack Gallery. These artists take their inspiration from natural forms and materials to develop works and narratives informed by the natural, the artificial and the manmade. Exhibition continues through November 2, 2014.
 
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
Continues through September 21, 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.

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.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
Continues through September 21, 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.

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
Continues through September 28, 2014
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Avenue
305.531.1001 www.wolfsonian.org
A visionary who was equally comfortable in the realms of fact and fiction, Norman Bel Geddes (1893?1958) played a significant role in the 1920s and '30s, shaping not only modern America but also the nation's image of itself as innovator and leader into the future. Bel Geddes most famously expressed his dynamic vision of this American future-streamlined, technocratic, and optimistic-with his unforgettable Futurama exhibition at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair. Bringing together some 200 never-before-seen drawings, models, photographs and films of theater sets and costumes, housing projects and appliances, airplanes and automobiles, the exhibition underscores that Bel Geddes sought nothing less the transformation of American society through design.

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.

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.