Visual Arts

Philodendron is in the spotlight at Miami Beach’s Wolfsonian-FIU museum

The Wolfsonian-FIU is holding a free open house Oct. 16 for its exhibition ‘Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern.’
The Wolfsonian-FIU is holding a free open house Oct. 16 for its exhibition ‘Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern.’

This week on South Florida’s visual arts scene, check out exhibitions at Mana Wynwood and the Wolfsonian-FIU. Enjoy Family Day in the Design District, score a ticket for second edition of the Frost Museum’s Science Art Cinema or treat yourself to a high-end shopping excursion with a designer.

▪ As the official art partner of III Points Music, Art & Technology Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, is showing a new exhibition titled “Open Call: Web-based Art” throughout the three-day festival at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Sunday is the event’s final day. Purchase tickets at

▪ The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, is hosting an open house Oct. 16 to celebrate the new “Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern” exhibition with free admission, interactive art activities and curator-led tours at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Live music and happy hour food-and-drink specials in the café run from 4 to 9 p.m. Central and South American flora take over the museum in a sprawling show that charts the migration of tropical plants from their native habitats to North American and European gardens and interiors. There are objects created by indigenous Amazonian people; botanical drawings by Heinrich Schott, who first classified hundreds of philodendron species; and works by such artists and designers as Henri Matisse, Roberto Burle-Marx, Paulo Werneck and Erdem. Follow the hashtag #TropicalWolf on social media or visit for more information.

▪ Sunday is Family Day in the Design District. Children and adults are invited to interact with local artists through hands-on activities from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, on the second floor of the Moore Building, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami, and in the Moore Building’s Atrium, 191 NE 40th St., Miami. Happenings include artist storytelling, games, family art making and coloring, followed by a bubble party at the Fly’s Eye Dome in Palm Court. Family Day events are held on the second Saturday of every month and are free for all. For more information, visit

▪ Tickets for the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science’s second Science Art Cinema from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 at the de la Cruz Collection in the Miami Design District are on sale for a limited time for $10. The year-long performance event series is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and this edition focuses on the topic of fear. There will be a 16mm screening of the cult classic Queen of Blood (1966) as well as an informal presentation by Elizabeth Reynolds Losin from University of Miami’s psychology department, providing insight on what occurs inside the brain when people are confronted with fear. Music is by DJ Le Spam of City Progress Studio, and light bites and beverages are included for guests. For more information about Science Art Cinema #2: Fear, call 305-646-4200 or visit Tickets will not be available at the door; purchase in advance at

▪ The Mandarin Oriental in Miami is offering a new “Shop With a Designer” package for guests to explore Miami’s under-the-radar design shops and upscale décor boutiques. Celebrity designer and style editor Courtney Cachet, who focuses on Miami and New York, will customize each tour with stops at the city’s top art galleries, antiques dealers, ateliers for bespoke furniture and design showrooms. The special stay is priced from $1,950 and includes accommodations for two nights, daily breakfast for two and a guided tour of Wynwood and the Design District with Cachet via chauffeured transportation. For reservations, contact the hotel at 305-913-8383 or visit