Ah, Miami in the fall. It boasts some of the best weather in the nation as the frost alights on pumpkins up north. Days in the Magic City are sultry in the sun, sexy in the sand and soothing in the salty ocean breeze. Natural wonders abound outside, and inside in a variety of museums around town are exhibits that display wondrous workings of the mind in a variety of artistic mediums.

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“Introspection and Awakening: Japanese Art of the Edo and Meiji Periods, 1615-1912”

Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33124
(305) 284-3535

Dates: Now through October 21, 2012

This diverse collection showcases examples of a variety of painting styles prevalent in the 17th through 20th centuries from the gallery’s permanent exhibit. From woodblock prints to porcelains, the exhibit divulges the unmistakable influences of China and Korea on Japan, the union of instructor and student in the artistic process, the Japanese belief system and its evolution and the impact of the West on Japanese culture. See a bit of everything while this exhibit lasts through October.

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“Heart Smart”

Miami Science Museum
3280 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 646-4200

Dates: Ongoing

With heart disease still being the top cause of death in the United States, this travelling exhibit (funded in part by a grant from the National Institute of Health) teaches parents and children the importance of maintaining a healthy heart. Presented in English, Spanish and Creole, the exhibit interactively engages visitors by inviting them to take part in height, weight, blood pressure and weight-size measurements while allowing participants to anonymously contribute their results to actual scientific research.

(Source: miamiartmuseum.org)

Rashid Johnson: Message To Our Folks

Miami Art Museum
101 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-3000

Dates: Now through November 4, 2012

This will be the first solo exhibition of New York artist Rashid Johnson. Johnson expresses the contradictions and travails of black culture and his personal experiences through his work by using common items from his childhood. In a process he calls “hijacking the domestic,” the artist transforms such items as wood, tiles, mirrors and rugs into a visually compelling documentary of his afro-centric journey.


Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-7530

Dates: Now through November 4, 2012

Showcasing a variety of artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and media that include video, photography, sculpture and installation, this exhibition fuses the splendor of nature and wildlife with the technological advances and electronic influences of civilization in an entirely new expression that is both timeless and futuristic. The co-mingling of nature with the electronic connectedness of modern society raises philosophical questions, both spiritual and technical, while exposing the beautiful differences between Mother Nature and Techno-Nurture.

(Source: thefrost.fiu.edu)

Material and Meaning: Earthenware, Stoneware and Porcelain

The Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum at FIU
10975 SW 17th St
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-2890

Dates: October 17 through December 9, 2012

Curated from the Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University, this exhibit showcases modern interpretations of works sculpted from clay. Whether rustic and romantic, ideologically political or culturally avant garde, the collection emphasizes the utility and impact of earthenware, stoneware and porcelain on modern society and the artists who sculpt them. Together, this exhibit accomplishes the goal of showing how ceramics are decorative, architectural, political and aesthetic barometers of civilization and evolution.

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