Venezuelan artist José Antonio Hernández Diez's first solo exhibition in Miami depicts the sentimental side of human nature including dealing with death, loss and the search for closure. Ends Jan. 15. KaBe Contemporary, 123 NW 23rd St., Miami. Details: (305) 573-8142 or www.kabecontemporary.com.
With locations in Paris and Miami, the newly opened Galerie Lélia Mordoch Miami location presents the work of artists such as Garcia Rossi, Julio Le Parc and Keith Long. Galerie Lélia Mordoch, 2300 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 331-4117 or email@example.com.
FOR THE COUNTRY
An exhibit of New Deal-era memorabilia curated by seven Florida International University students, "FIU Students Consider FDR's "Alphabet Soup' Remedies for the Great Depression" examines the Roosevelt administration's New Deal programs. Ends Jan. 5. Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., Green Library, Miami. Details: www.wolfsonian.org.
Carlos Betancourt's most recent photographic artwork is assembled into his Lapidus Infinitus collection, showcasing explosive compositions made up of thousands of pictures of objects, people and flowers. In addition, a large three-dimensional installation of multiple column pedestals showcases glitzy collected objects. Ends Feb. 6. Diana Lowenstein Fine Afts, 2043 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 576-1804 or www.dlfinearts.com.
The Bass Museum of Art presents the works of Chicagoan and former graffiti artist Dzine in an exhibit that explores the relationship between culture and beauty. Works on display include "pimped out" low-rider bicycles, a Cadillac Fleetwood, boats and paintings, many of which are decorated in neon tones, Swarovski crystals and 24-carat gold. Ends Feb. 21. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. $6-$8.
Details: (305) 673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.
The Jewish Museum of Florida exhibits Judy Chicago's "Jewish Identity." This retrospective examines the impact of the artist's Eastern European and Jewish upbringing on her perception of life. Ends Feb. 7. Jewish Museum of Florida, 311 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
"Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami" explores the impact of African-Americans, Africans, black Caribs and black Hispanics on Miami through historic photographs, oral histories, memorabilia, film and artifacts related to black pioneers, families, laborers, communities and organizations spanning the 100-year history of black migration to Miami. Ends Jan. 24. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1657 or www.hmsf.org.
Florida International University's Frost Art Museum shows "The Missing Peace." The exhibition, the result of collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation, focuses on art as a medium for promoting peace. It also includes more than 40 works created by such artists as Chuck Close that interpret the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. Ends Jan. 10. 10975 SW 17th St., Sweetwater. Details: (305) 348-2890 or www.thefrost.fiu.edu.
A LATIN AMERICAN MASTER
Miami Art Museum hosts what it calls the most comprehensive survey of the works of Argentinean painter Guillermo Kuitca. The exhibit, in the museum and the Freedom Tower downtown, features more than 50 canvases and 25 works on paper. In his work, Mr. Kuitca explores the intersection of public and private spaces. Ends Jan. 17. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University exhibits "Styled for the Road: The Art of Automobile Design." The collection examines automobile design's effect on American culture through rendered artworks of 1940s and 1950s cars of all shapes and sizes. Ends March 14. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.wolfsonian.org.
The Lowe Art Museum hosts "Kitchen Dreams" by artist Ricky Bernstein. The exhibit catches moments of frustration and silliness in the media of aluminum, wood, plastic, acrylic paints, color pencils and other mixed materials. The exhibit includes a man playing tug-of-war over a shoe with his dog, a woman cleaning a never-ending stack of dirty dishes and caricatures of overworked Americans. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery hosts a collection by local artist Anne Blazejack. A recent graduate of the Department of Art at Brown University, Ms. Blazejack's acrylic and mixed-media pieces employ a rich, energetic palette. Ends Jan. 3. Shoppes at Mayfair, 3390 Mary St., Suite 128, Coconut Grove. Details: www.coconutgroveartsfest.com.
THE ART OF IMITATION
The Rubell Family Collection's exhibition "Beg Borrow and Steal" features the work of 74 artists. The collection, which spans all 28 galleries of the Rubell Family Collection Museum, celebrates artists' attempts to carry on the legacy of artistic masters and make it their own. Ends May 29. Rubell Family Collection Museum, 95 NW 29th St., Miami. Details: (305) 573-6090 or www.rfc.museum.
EXAMINING MODERN LIFE
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University hosts a collection of prints titled "Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914-1939." The exhibit focuses on the early 20th-century synergy that arose between man and machine. The collection also highlights the impacts of Italian Futurism and French Cubism on British modernist printmaking. Ends Feb. 28. The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.wolfsonian.org.
Named by ARTnews magazine as one of the top 25 photography collections in the world, "100 Years of Photography 1909-2009" showcases hundreds of vintage and contemporary photographs from the Margulies Collection. The collection begins at the turn of the 20th century with the work of Lewis Hine, who was an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee. Moving forward, photographs reflect collections from the Farm Security Administration and the social documentation movement. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The collection is open Wednesday-Saturday weekly. Margulies Collection as the Warehouse, 591 NW 27th St., Miami. Details: (305) 576-1051 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.margulieswarehouse.com.