If you find yourself asking why urinals and Brillo boxes are “art,” head to the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale for “Some Aesthetic Decisions: A Centennial Celebration of Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain,’” on display through Sept. 3. Better yet, catch museum director Bonnie Clearwater’s talk on the subject at 5 p.m. May 13, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd.; nsuartmuseum.org.
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▪ May 20, YoungArts: Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and journalist Lisa Armstrong collaborated to create “Little Boy Lost: One Child’s Story of Life Behind Bars,” a documentary about youth incarceration centered on 20-year-old Damian Duncan of Allapattah. The site-specific performance features Simbaa Gordon, 2016 YoungArts Winner in Writing, and Nilo Batle, 2017 YoungArts Winner in Cinematic Arts. At 7 p.m. at the YoungArts Campus, 2100 Biscayne Blvd.; free. youngarts.org.
▪ Through May 21, Lowe Art Museum: Two shows at the University of Miami campus art museum are in their final days. “Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity” highlights the complex intersection between black masculinity and fashion through photographs and video. “Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections” offers a rare opportunity to survey six decades of paintings by the late Cuban-born artist. 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables; lowemuseum.org; $12.50, $8 children under 12.
▪ Through May 21, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami: You’ve already missed vodka night with the artists, but you can still catch the show “Synergism: Ekaterina and Victor Khromin” of playful bas-relief works by this Miami-based husband-and-wife team. 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; mocanomi.org; $10. For music lovers, the free Jazz at Moca / Haiti Jazz Roots Projects performance is outdoors at 8 p.m. May 26, rain or shine.
▪ Through June 24, Primary Project Space: “The Motion of Movements” might be the quintessential description of 2017. Primary Project Space in the Design District has claimed it as a theme for a show of recent works by contemporary artists, most based in or affiliated with Miami. They are Carlos Betancourt; Keenen/Riley (John Keenen and Terence Riley); Ronald Moran, Ben Pedersen, Gavin Perry; Manny Prieres; Deon Rubil and Wade Schaming. 15 NE 39th St.; thisisprimary.com; free.
▪ Through June 2, Bossa Projects: Nearby, inside the 4141 NE Second Ave. Building, Bossa Projects presents “Woman Behind the Threads,” a tight show of works incorporating textiles by Aurora Molina, Karla Caprali, Marina Font and Patricia Schnall Gutierrez. bossagallery; free.
▪ Through July 29, Nina Johnson Gallery: Miami artist Emmett Moore plays curator with “Ray Smith Studio,” a series of collaborative works created by New York artist Ray Smith and his team between 2007 and 2012. 6315 NW Second Ave., Little Haiti; ninajohnson.com.