The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hosts a public conversation on the connection between historic collections and contemporary art practices featuring curators from Miami Art Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. 7 p.m. 3251 S Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 250-9133 or www.vizcayamuseum.org.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System hosts an exhibition of paintings, drawings and photographs inspired by Edward P. Jones' novel "The Known World." The story follows the changing relationship between a father and daughter, living in 1960s Washington, DC, as a nearby railroad company buys up property and the neighborhood around them disappears. Ends Dec. 18. Main Library, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: www.mdpls.org.
ROOTS TO ROUTES
"From Roots to Routes," hosted by the Miami-Dade Public Library System, explores the historical importance and views the contributions to art by Latin American artists such as Jesus Rafael Soto and abstract artist Fernando de Szyszlo. This exhibition recognizes the works of a number of other Latin American artists and other post 1960s work by contemporary and modern artists from South America. Ends Dec. 29. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Westchester. Details: www.mdpls.org.
CELIA CRUZ PHOTOS
Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, known for fashion and commercial photography, presents photos of legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz during the last 15 years of her life. The series of black-and-white images captures Cruz both on and off stage and narrates the more intimate stories of the photographer and singer's friendship. Ends Dec. 21. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183 St., Opa-Locka. Details: www.mdpls.org.
RETURN OF AVANT-GARDE
Acqualina Resort and Spa hosts 23-year-old Russian artist Olga Burtseva's "Return of the Lunar Avant-Garde." The exhibition marks the first appearance of the rising artist in Florida. Ends Jan. 6. Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Details: (305) 918-6772 or www.olgaburtseva.com.
STITCHES IN TIME
Diaspora Vibe Gallery hosts a mixed-media exhibition from Juan Antonio Gonzalez. "Stitches in Time" features site-specific installations composed primarily of fiber and ceramic. Ends Nov. 18. Diaspora Vibe Gallery, 3938 N Miami Ave., North Miami. Details: (305) 573-4046 or www.diasporavibe.net.
ART ON THE KEY
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center hosts "Nature in The Gallery" by Miami artist Dylan Terry. Ends Nov. 9. Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $5. Details: (305) 361-6767 or www.biscaynenaturecenter.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts "Dark Continents," which examines the modern fascination with tropical locales during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. International artists have gathered to create several site-specific pieces. Ends Nov. 9. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. $5 admission. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
JEWS IN SPORTS
The Jewish Museum of Florida's "Florida Jews in Sports" exhibition features nearly 150 athletes in two dozen sports. Ends Nov. 23. 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free for members and children under 6; $6 adults; $5 seniors; free on Saturdays. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University presents "Thoughts on Democracy," comprised of posters by 55 contemporary artists and designers highlighting modern notions of democracy. Ends Dec. 7. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University's "A Bittersweet Decade: The New Deal in America, 1933-43" considers the impact of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs on American culture. Ends Jan. 19. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
A FUTURISTIC PAST
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is hosting "Interama: Miami and the Pan-American Dream," based on the 1960s futuristic fair, Interama. While architects' predictions and visions for Miami never came to fruition, the museum has gathered their work into a multi-sensory exhibit that provides a look at post-World War II culture. Ends Jan. 25. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
LANGUAGE AS ART
miArte Gallery hosts "CONTEXTO," examining the use of text as art and looks at how language is used to augment the artist's message. Ends Nov. 22. miArte Gallery, 85 Merrick Way, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 445-2783 or www.miartegallery.com.
EYE OF THE COLLECTOR
The Jewish Museum of Florida exhibits paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from Sigmund R. Balka's collection. The collection, built over the past 50 years, is an expression of Jewish life during the height of 19th century creativity in Europe. Ends Jan. 25. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $12 for families. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
CITY OF THE DEAD
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts photography by architect Raul L. Rodriguez. "Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón" includes large color prints of the avenues, mausoleums, vaults and chapels of the Cristóbal Colón Cemetery in Havana, a resting place for national and historical figures. Ends Jan. 25. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
WINGS FOR ALL
Yinka Shonibare's exhibition created for the Miami Art Museum re-imagines the aspiration of flying. "A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child" features an idealized family clothed in wax-printed attire, each straddling a human-powered flying machine modeled after 19th-century drawings. Ends Jan. 18. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 373.3063 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Kelley Roy Gallery hosts 50 large-scale, vividly colored collages by Miami architect and artist Robert M. Swedroe. Ranging from the whimsical to the dark, Mr. Swedroe's intricate, three-dimensional collages epitomize the artist's affinity for structure and detail. Ends Nov. 15. Kelley Roy Gallery, 50 NE 29th St., Wynwood. Details: (305) 447-3888 or www.kelleyroygallery.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Arts hosts Pablo Cano's multimedia production "The Blue Ribbon." Featuring marionettes created from found objects, the show is a collaboration between artist and filmmaker Clifton Childree and choreographer Katherine Kramer. Mr. Cano's marionettes take the form of masterpiece paintings and sculptures by artists such as Picasso, Goya, Warhol, Dali, Da Vinci, and Van Eyck. 2 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th Ave., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
The Miami Art Museum hosts a lecture titled "Biting the Medicinal Root: African Diaspora and Contemporary Art of the Spanish Caribbean," as part of its Morning Lecture Series. 10 a.m.-Noon. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $10 members, $15 others. Details: (305) 375-.4073 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.