Bubbling up on the South Florida visual arts scene, Antony Penrose will speak about his photographer mother Lee Miller at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, the Bass Museum launches its satellite bassX space, and Arts Encounters will take art lovers on a tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Bridge Red Studios in North Miami.
▪ Antony Penrose, biographer and son of trailblazing photographer Lee Miller, will give a lecture at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. His talk is presented in conjunction with the opening of the museum’s new exhibition, “The Indestructible Lee Miller,” and will be followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. For tickets and information, call 954-525-5500 or visit nsuartmuseum.org. The exhibit, on view to the public from Oct. 4 to Feb. 14, explores Miller’s life (1907-1977) from multiple perspectives, from her years as the assistant, collaborator and muse of surrealist artist Man Ray in the 1930s to her work as a pioneering fine art, fashion and combat photographer who produced some of the most unforgettable images of World War II and its aftermath.
▪ The Bass Museum of Art has launched its new satellite gallery space bassX, with a photo series by American artist Rachel Harrison. “Voyage of the Beagle Two,” 2008, is the first of seven artist projects that will be presented at bassX on the first floor of the Miami Beach Public Library, 227 22nd St., while the museum’s galleries are closed for renovation. Harrison’s work is a study of modern-day “menhirs,” prehistoric standing stones that represent the oldest figurative sculptures on earth. The artist initiated the project in 2006 during a trip to Corsica. “Voyage of the Beagle Two” came about during a return trip in 2008. The exhibit is on view through Nov. 15. For more information, call 305-673-7530 or visit www.bassmuseum.org.
▪ Commenoz Gallery and National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill (NAEMI) present “The Pictures in My Mind,” a group show featuring artworks by Cuban and Latin American artists suffering from mental illness. Their pieces, on view through Oct. 15, reflect the healing effects of creative expression. Commenoz Gallery is located at 328 Crandon Blvd., Suite 219, Key Biscayne. An opening reception takes place Oct. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. Call 305-361-7052 or visit www.naemi.org for details.
▪ Arts Encounters is hosting a tour of two North Miami venues — the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and Bridge Red Studios — on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At MOCA, curator Jill Clark will guide guests through “Beijing Booster: The Art of Peter Wayne Lewis,” followed by a viewing of Rafael Lopez-Ramos’ “Chromatic Aporias.” Kristen Thiele hosts a tour of two artist-run galleries, where sculptor Ralph Provisero dissects his “Bits and Pieces,” and William Cordova shares his peers’ “meditations on time and space.” Works by DEMI and Lou Anne Colodny are also on display at Bridge Red (www.bridgeredstudios.com). The group will meet at MOCA (www.mocanomi.org), 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. An RSVP is required by Thursday to email@example.com.
▪ ArtCenter/South Florida kicks off the season with a symposium on contemporary art practices in the region featuring six panelists at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. “Central What? Central America!” is part of an initiative at the ArtCenter titled “dialogicCENTRALsolutions” and curated by Roc Laseca. An opening reception and introduction to the exhibit happens from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Call 305-674-8278 or visit www.artcentersf.org.
▪ Parmigiani Gallery in Wynwood unveils an exhibition by Colombian artist Efren Isaza. The opening reception for “Isaza’s First Oeuvre,” which was curated by M+V ART, is Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 285 NW 26th St., Miami. The show includes pieces produced between 2009 and 2010, when Isaza embarked on the creative process that led him away from fashion photography and into the fine art world. In addition to the works on view at Parmigiani Gallery, more of Isaza’s work is on view at the Parmigiani Boutique located in the Design District’s Palm Court. For information, call 786-431-1186 or visit mvart.co/mvart_exhibition/parmigiani/.