Its fall season kicks off Thursday with shows by New York artist Elena Sisto and Kansas City-based photographer Jaimie Warren at the Freedom Tower; the 7 p.m. opening is free to the public.
Also this month, Grant Miller: New Works, opens Sept. 14 at the Kendall Campus; a showing of paintings by Vladimir Manic that opens at MDC’s North Campus on Sept. 21.
Information: www.mdcmoad.org or www.mdc.edu/galleries.
• The Frost-FIU Museum of Art kicks off a new season of free monthy openings with its Target Wednesday After Hours event from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12. On display will be Out of the Ordinary Geometry by Lydia Azout, and the FIU Faculty Show, featuring Tori Arpad-Cotta’s long, lovely portage and R.F. Buckley’s Reflections on Water. The museum is at 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. Information: //thefrost.fiu.edu; 305-348-2890.
• The Lowe Museum of Art at the University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, kicks off its first Thursday’s Lowedown Happy Hour from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; UM Professor Nathan J. Timpano offers a guided tour of the museum’s Beaux Arts Gallery. $10 for nonmembers. 305-284-v3535; www.loweartmuseum.org
The UM Gallery in the Wynwood Art District presents Mariah Fox’s Alphabet of Heroes and Bryan Allen Moore’s 10 Years of Thoughts on Landscape, opening Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2-9 p.m. at 2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4.
• Site95 presents John James Anderson’s City Limitsin the Locust Projects Room and on 30 local bus shelters as part of Locust Projects Art in Public Places initiative. The Projects Room installation opens from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at 3852 N. Miami Ave., and runs through Oct. 17. www.locustprojects.org.
West Palm Beach
The Norton Museum in West Palm Beach closes from Monday through Sept. 17. If you can fit them in, two shows are worth a visit. (Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; www.norton.org; $12 adults, $5 students.)
• Sunday is the last day to see Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, a show that includes more than 150 drawings from the late master of the macabre who was best known for illustrating the whimsical opening credits of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery.
Author of such books as The Unstrung Harp and The Gilded Bat, Gorey also created artworks involving Victorian-style characters who often meet untimely ends, such as Ernest in The Gashlycrumb Tinies, "E is for Ernest who choked on a peach." The work is nicely displayed in the exhibition, which features circular Victorian-style settees and ornate drapes framing the wall text accompanying the show.
• Through Sept. 30, Clubs, Joints, and Honky-Tonks: Photographers Experience the Music Scene is a long wallow in popular music that reaffirms the value of American culture through three great American art forms: rock, blues, and country and western music. Organized by staff curator Tim B. Wride, the show begins with images of 1969’s Woodstock, the feel-good pop event of all time, displayed in the foyer of the exhibition rooms.
The Woodstock photos were taken by Elliott Landy, then a Woodstock resident who also photographed anti-war marches. Landy was in the right place at the right time and had great access, shooting concert-goers climbing scaffolding and a sea of humanity taking in singer Richie Havens. Henry Horenstein — photographer, author, educator — specializes in capturing the ambiance of the places where music lives and breathes life – or at least a good time — into its acolytes. In the early 1970s, Horenstein paid homage to country music, spending time at both the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville (the show features a shot of Archie Campbell shaking hands with a fan from the stage) and terminally atmospheric Nashville dives.