Frost Art Museum: “The Writing on the Wall.” Through Dec. 9 at the Frost Museum of Art; frost.fiu.edu.
The Frost scores again with this collaborative installation by rising star Hank Willis Thomas and Dr. Baz Dreisinger, with walls covered by letters, diagrams, drawings, notes, written by prisoners from across the globe, from the U.S. and Australia to Brazil, Norway and Uganda. Based on Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” of freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from fear and want, it brings attention to the worldwide crisis of widespread incarceration.
Museum of Art and Design (MOAD): William Kentridge. Through Jan. 20 at MOAD in the Freedom Tower, www.mdcmoad.org.
One of the more sublime artworks to hit Miami in some time, South African artist Kentridge has created a 130-foot-long 8-channel video that engulfs the viewer. “More Sweetly Plays the Dance” is a mixture of live video, Kentridge’s own imagery and a version of the dance macabre that references refugees, disease but also the carnivalesque spirit that all humans draw on for survival.
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Perez Art Museum Miami: “Surrounded Islands.” Oct. 4 through Feb. 17 at PAMM; www.pamm.org.
Believe it or not, it was 35 years ago that the famed public art duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude surrounded 11 uninhabited islands with 6.5 million square feet of floating, woven polypropylene. On this anniversary, the museum has created a documentary of the process and the result, using archival footage, drawings, images and models, showing the couple’s making of the monumental art piece from 1980-’83.
Lowe Art Museum: “American Portraits.” Oct. 18 through Jan. 20 at Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami; www.lowe.miami.edu.
The name Yousuf Karsh may not be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, but the mid-20th century photographer took some of the most stunning black-and-white portraits of politicians, doctors, celebrities and artists. Included here are images of Humphrey Bogart, Jonas Salk, Marion Anderson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Eleanor Roosevelt, among others.
Wolfsonian-FIU: “Made in Italy.” Nov. 16 through April 28 at The Wolfsonian-FIU; www.wolfsonian.org
In the 1920s, the Italians became leaders in modern design — a trend that continued into the postwar years — by combining fine arts with handcraft. The result was some of the most avant-garde collaborations of their time. This exhibit focuses on textiles, including carpets, tapestries and other textiles. The Italian firm MITA was in the forefront, and “Made in Italy” comes from its collection and the Wolfsonian’s sister museum in Genoa, with examples from artists and designers such as Fortunato Depero (a pioneer of the futurist movement) and Arnaldo and Gio Pomodoro.
MOCA North Miami: “AfriCOBRA.” Nov. 27 through April 7 at MOCA North Miami; mocanomi.org.
Under the new direction of Chana Budgazad Sheldon, the revamped museum is presenting an ambitious exhibit in time for Art Basel. The founding arts collective AfriCOBRA started working together 50 years ago in 1968 in Chicago, and its visual aesthetic helped define the Black Arts Movement. The exhibit will delve into the careers of the founders and the artists who would come to work with them, as they employed text, bright colors and raw emotion to form their unique artistic statements.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. October through April at the Margulies Collection; www.margulieswarehouse.com.
The 2018-2019 exhibition at this private collection will feature 10 works by Kishio Suga acquired this summer during a trip to Japan by founder Martin Margulies and his team. Suga, sculptor and installation artist, was part of the Mono-ha collective started in the 1960s. The artists mixed elements found in nature with industrial materials such as steel, cotton, oil and light bulbs, creating works far different from the Euro- and American-centric modernism of the time.
The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU: “The Art of the Lithograph.” Nov. 7 through March 4 at the Jewish Museum; jmof.fiu.edu.
This exhibit takes us through the history of the lithograph, from early limestone creations of the 1700s to computer generation. Included are prints from such luminaries as Marc Chagall, Alexander Caldwell, Jim Dine and Robert Rauschenberg. Stations show visitors the step-by-step process of crafting lithography.
The Bass: The Haas Brothers. Dec. 5 through April 21 at the Bass Museum; the bass.org.
As befits the mission of the Bass, the exhibition “Ferngully” (the title comes from a 1990s animated film of the same name) meshes art and design, with the L.A.-based brothers using such materials as brass, beads, ceramics and blown glass to craft somewhat whimsical creatures that in this case address the regenerative properties of non-man-made nature.
ICA Miami: Judy Chicago. Dec. 4 through April 21 at the ICA; www.icamiami.org.
“A Reckoning” surveys the works of the pioneering feminist artist, who has explored a woman’s place in the domestic and labor worlds via art installation and in abstraction and figuration, working with needlework as well as welding. (Chicago’s “The Dinner Party,” a permanent piece at the Brooklyn Museum, is considered an epic feminist statement.)