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Your Miami cultural hit list: ‘Haiti Rediscovered,’ a big Da Vinci exhibit and a new Frost Art curator

Da Vinci: Inventions is at Frost Science through December 9.
Da Vinci: Inventions is at Frost Science through December 9.

Three pieces of Miami art and culture to put on your radar right now:

THE BOOK: Haiti Rediscovered

In vodou, the poto mitan is the pillar in the center of a sacred temple and often a key element that defines a ceremony. It’s also a phrase used for Haitian women, like the madan saras who work the stalls in the market and hold together the local economy. Writer Françoise Elizée and photographer Pipe Yanguas delve into the lives of such Haitian women in their new book, Haiti Rediscovered – The  Quintessential Potomitan. Elizée and Yanguas traveled to Haiti last year to document the lives of 12 of these women and their environment and produced a book that honors their contributions to their country. haitirediscovered.com.

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An image from 'Haiti Rediscovered.' Photograph by Pipe Yanguas.

THE EXHIBIT: Da Vinci

You know how most museums have guards standing by to make sure you don’t touch anything? Not so at Frost Science’s Da Vinci: Inventions, a show that encourages you to play with some of the exhibits. On display are a few of the creations dreamed up by the master inventor, including a helicopter, submarine, parachute and bicycle. About 30 of them can be played with, including the Transformazione Moto Alternato in Continuo, a continuous motion device. The items were assembled by Italian artisans using 6,000 pages of Da Vinci inventions, some of which predicted technology centuries before they became reality. Through December 9. frostscience.org/davinci.

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Da Vinci: Inventions is at Frost Science through December 9.

THE LOCAL ART: Deconstruction

A new show on display through September 30 at the Frost Art Museum features work from a dozen Miami visual artists. The 20 pieces in Deconstruction: A Reordering of Life, Politics and Art range from the haunting look at homelessness from Zachary Balber’s Julia Tuttle (Hidden Spirits), to I Will Not Die, the fierce portrait of a woman by Craig Coleman. The show is the debut of the museum’s new chief curator, Amy Galpin, and also a strong statement of its commitment to local art. thefrost.fiu.edu.

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Julia Tuttle: Hidden Spirits, on display at Frost Art Museum as part of the Deconstruction exhibit.

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