▪ The Art of Video Games, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores the 40-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium with a focus on visual effects and new technologies. Curator Chris Melissinos presents the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for 20 gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation. He will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU. Following Melissinos’ lecture, guests can go back in time to play vector arcade games from 5 to 8 p.m. during the opening reception. Costumes are encouraged, but no weapons (real or fake) will be permitted. Entry is free and open to the public. The museum is at 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. For more information, visit www.frost.fiu.edu.
▪ Robert Thiele, Kristen Thiele and Francesco Casale of Bridge Red Studios are celebrating the life and work of Helen L. Kohen, art historian, collector and former Miami Herald art critic, with an exhibition of works that previously covered the walls of her home. Kohen died last summer at 83. “A Gracious Life: 40 Years of Collecting, Critiquing and Supporting South Florida Artists opens with a special reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the gallery’s Project Space, 12425 NE 13th Ave., North Miami. The show is on view through March 6 and closes with a reception from noon to 3 p.m. that day. For more information, call 305-978-4856 or visit www.bridgeredstudios.com.
▪ Eight Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gornang Monastery in India will be in residency at the Coral Springs Museum of Art for the Sacred Art Tour Tuesday through Jan. 24 at 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. The opening ceremony and mandala mapping is 10 a.m. Tuesday. Throughout the six-day residency, daily chanting is scheduled for 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and construction of the mandala runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Mandalas constructed from sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to lead to purification and healing. Museum admission is $10 for adults and $6 for students and children. Workshops with the monks require a separate ticket. For a complete schedule of events, call 954-340-5000 or visit www.coralspringsmuseum.org.
▪ “Bold and Beautiful” spotlights the artwork of six local artists including Susan Clifton, Diane Delorey, Michael D. Harris, Renee Falsetto, Leonardo Montoya and Carlos Pundik at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. The exhibition is a partnership between the hotel and ArtServe, Inc., an acclaimed nonprofit arts incubator. An opening reception is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the hotel’s lobby, 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The hotel will treat guests to live art, appetizers and drinks provided by Beauty & the Feast, as well as appearances by the featured artists. Spoken word artists from ArtServe’s teen arts program, The VoiceBox, will perform original compositions. RSVP to www.artserve.eventbrite.com. Contact the hotel with questions at 954-567-8020.
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▪ Pérez Art Museum Miami will unveil “When Two Are In One,” a new sculptural installation by New York-based artist Matthew Ronay that will fill the window-lined Patricia Papper Project Gallery, adjacent to the museum’s main entrance. Commissioned by PAMM for debut on March 10, the installation comprises a series of brightly colored, abstract totems positioned atop a long, low plinth. According to PAMM associate curator Diana Nawi, through a linear progression of organic forms, often anthropomorphic and reminiscent of biological structures, the installation alludes to reproductive and evolutionary processes. Ronay is known for sculptures and installations that feature shamanistic forms and vivid colors, harkening to psychedelia and surrealism, as well as folk and non-western art. (Think Where the Wild Things Are.) For more information, visit www.pamm.org.