REVISITING THE ANCIENTS
Miami artist Guerra De La Paz brings his solo exhibition "Otherworld" to Carol Jazzar Contemporary Arts. The exhibit, created from found objects, not only revisits iconic images from human history but preserves the objects' original integrity. Ends March 10. 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores. Details: (305) 490-6906 or www.cjazzart.com.
ELEMENTS OF INSPIRATION
The Deering Estate hosts a juried fine-art exhibit showcasing contemporary art in a variety of media. The exhibition attempts to depict the soul of artists using the basic elements of color, line, form, texture and scale. Ends March 2. The Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
HEARTS AND ARTS
The Miami Heart Gallery, a traveling museum-quality exhibit featuring children in Miami-Dade County's foster care system who are available for adoption, has moved into the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The traveling exhibit features photos of more than 70 children taken by the world's top photographers. Ends Feb. 28. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: www.miamiheartgallery.org.
A JOURNEY THROUGH ART
Cremata Fine Art hosts Francisco Sánchez's latest exhibition, "A Journey of Reverie." His first exhibit in the US combines hints of magic from late Roman sculptures with French-Baroque landscapes, sea shells from the Caribbean and African motifs to create a modern view of antiquity. Ends Feb. 9. Cremata Fine Art, 1646 SW 8th St., Miami. Details: (305) 644-3315 or www.crematafineart.com.
ARCHITECT TO ARTIST
The Bass Museum of Art hosts Mexican artist Pedro Reyes' exhibition "47 Undertakings." Although trained as an architect, Mr. Reyes moved into art, creating exhibits that illustrate ideas related to social psychology, economics, structural engineering and architecture. Ends March 1. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7530 ext. 1011 or www.bassmuseum.org.
The Rubell Family Collection exhibits work from 30 emerging African-American artists. Ends May 30. Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th St., Miami. Details: (305) 573-6090 or www.30americans.com.
WHAT'S IT WORTH?
Miami Art Museum exhibition explores the nature of value. "Objects of Value" features 20 contemporary artists whose work aims to separate an object's value from the substance from which it's made. Ends Feb. 22. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $8. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the first exhibition of Albanian Anri Sala's videos and photographs in the US. The collection reflects how the collapse of communism affected Albania and Eastern Europe. Ends March 1. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
DRAWINGS FOR DANTE
Miami Dade College and Spain's Caixanova Bank bring 100 prints to Florida commemorating the 700th birthday of Italian poet and author of the "Divine Comedy" Dante Alighieri. Commissioned in 1951 by the Italian government, Salvador Dali spent three years creating the visual narration of Dante's descent into hell and his rise through purgatory into heaven. Ends Jan. 31. Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 237-7186 or www.mdc.edu.
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation shows work from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection titled "The Prisoner's Dilemma." The exhibition, curated by Leanne Mella, showcases contemporary art works that articulate the ways in which artists respond to the exercise of power in daily life. Ends March 1. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 1018 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 455-3380 or www.cifo.org.
POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts an exhibit inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq's 2005 novel, "The Possibility of an Island." The exhibit addresses fundamental anxieties about aging, death, irrelevancy, culture, destruction and sexuality in the present and the future. Ends March 21. MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Admission by donation. RSVP required. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
The Bass Museum of Art and the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow present works by Russian artists titled "Russian Dreams." The exhibit features contemporary expression across several media including photography, architecture and sculpture. Ends Feb. 8. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.
Books & Books hosts an exhibition by Laura Cerwinske featuring works from her print series "About Faces" and from her painting series "My Life in Dogs." Ends Jan. 31. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 442-4408 or www.booksandbooks.com.
The Kelley Roy Gallery hosts the opening reception of a solo exhibition by Finnish artist Soile Yli-Mayry. The artist is an abstract painter whose bold use of color reflecting the elements of the earth and the richness of her themes which she describes as "humanity and people's alienation from nature in the urban world". 6-9 p.m. Ends March 1. Kelley Roy Gallery, 50 NE 29th Ave., Wynwood. Details: (305) 447-3888 or www.kelleyroygallery.com
MEXICO AT LOWE
The Lowe Art Museum hosts the opening of "Las Artes de Mexico" on loan from the Collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK. The exhibition, part of a national tour, examines over 3,500 years of art and culture from the ancient worlds of the Mayans and Aztecs to the 20th century works of Miguel Covarrubias and Diego Rivera. Ends April 5. The Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell President Ron Shuffield will be in Coral Gables to discuss the past, present and future of South Florida real estate. Mr. Shuffield will make predictions in the commercial and retail sectors for the coming year and discuss current inventory and sales data. Noon-1:30 p.m. Anacapri on Ponce Restaurant, 2530 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. Details: (305) 445-5545 or www.businessreferralgroup.org.
ART FOR ALL
In this new series of art classes, the Museum of Contemporary Art will help adults learn about contemporary art by participating in hands-on art activities inspired by the artists themselves. The first class is titled "Constructing Sensuous, Soft Sculpture" following the work of Louise Bourgeois. 7-9 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. $10 members, $12 others. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.