• Annie Leibovitz
The Norton Museum of Art’s acquisition of 39 works by the renowned photographer is the basis for this exhibition that shifts the focus from Leibovitz’s elaborately staged portraits to work that is direct and straightforward. The celebrity of the photographer has overshadowed and marginalized much of her outstanding portraiture. While the images in this exhibition are also of celebrities, they are quieter, subtler and, in some ways, more provocative and interesting than the images that made Leibovitz a household name. The Norton is the first museum to own such a large body of her work.
Jan. 17-June 9, 2013 at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Adults $12, students $5, children 12 and under free; 561-832-5196 or www.norton.org.
• Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits
Organized by the Frost Art Museum and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki, the exhibition contrasts the historical interpretation of Seminole leaders and tribal members by artists such as George Catlin and Edward Curtis with those of today’s Seminole artists. Native American portraiture and contemporary ethnographic materials illustrate the pride and vision of their heritage. Traditional regalia, including pieces attributed to famed chief Osceola and other Seminoles will be exhibited with artwork from Smithsonian museums, along with collections from the two host museums.
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, through Nov. 4, 2012. Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, 34725 W. Boundary Rd. Clewiston; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; adults $9, seniors over 55 $6, students and military $6, children free; 877-902-1113 or www.ahtahthiki.com.
Exhibit moves to Frost Art Museum, Nov. 17, 2012-Jan. 13, 2013; Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10am-5p.m.; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; free; 305-348-2890 or www.frostartmuseum.org
• Trading Places 2
Five Miami artists — Dona Altemus, Onajide Shabaka, Magnus Sigurdarson, Rick Ulysse and Antonia Wright —have swapped their studio spaces for space in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s museum’s galleries for two months. The emphasis of Trading Places 2 is on the research and development of projects rather than specifically working toward an exhibition. This program provides them with studio space, materials and technical assistants, and opportunities to interact, respond to and investigate each others’ practices and engage in discussions with the public. The artists will mentor teens and young adults enrolled in MOCA’s after-school education programs.
Sept. 14-Nov. 17, 2012 at Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 1-9 p.m. Wednesday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. General admission $5, seniors and students $3; 305-893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org
Bill Viola: Liber Insularum
It wasn’t that long ago that video art was a thought of as a non-traditional, cutting edge form of expression. Today, it is a staple in museum shows everywhere, thanks in part to the work of pioneering artist Bill Viola. Since the early 1970s, his sensual, immersive and innovative sound and video environments have left an indelible path, and shaped what we currently see as video art. But not since 1997 has a full-fledged retrospective of his work been shown in his home country, until now. In time for Art Basel Miami Beach, MOCA North Miami will open Bill Viola: Liber Insularum, which will include some of his most famous works such as “The Reflecting