“Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth,” a rare exhibition encompassing 5,000 square feet of massive/hand-carved installations that took the acclaimed Chinese artist four years to complete, opens Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU with a lecture by Xu Bing from 4 to 5 p.m. and a special reception in his honor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. 10975 SW 17th St., Miami; 305-348-2890 or thefrost.fiu.edu.
Arts Encounters in South Beach
Arts Encounters is conducting a tour of The Wolfsonian-FIU and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU Thursday, Feb. 19 starting at 11 a.m. at the corner of 10th Street and Washington Avenue, where Miami-based artist Michelle Weinberg will discuss her mural covering the Wolfsonian’s 1927 façade. At the Jewish Museum, also in South Beach, the group will tour “The Chosen,” an exhibit offering a rare glimpse into the collections of prominent Jewish art collectors in Florida. The tour will end around 3 p.m. and costs $50 per person. Lunch is not included in the price. To reserve, call Marjory Gordon at 305-989-0027 or email email@example.com.
Art Bastion Miami presents “Boris Chetkov: Portraits,” an exhibition of the largest collection of many never-before-seen paintings by the Russian artist owned by collector Peter Hoffman, Jr., founder of the Hoffman Art Institute. A VIP wine reception is Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 to 10 p.m. Guests must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Chetkov’s show is on view Tuesday -Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through March 21. 2085 NW 2nd Ave., #104, Miami; 305-509-8338 or artbastion.com.
Life is Art kicks off the 2015 Art/Work Connections Seminar Series with an opportunity for artists to meet “grant makers,” or representatives from the Knight Foundation, Miami Foundation and the County’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Miami Center for Architecture & Design (MCAD), 100 NE 1st Ave., Miami. Seating is limited and pre-registration ($10) is recommended. For more information, visit lifeisartfest.org/artwork-connections-seminar-25-grants-for-artists-2-0-meet-the-grantmakers-february-17-2015/.