Works by oil painter JC Bravo and figurative portrait artist Adam Schrimmer are featured at the first monthly art showcase at poolside gastro pub Lou's Beer Garden. Features live must by The Barkless Dawgs. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Lou's Beer Garden, 7337 Harding Ave., Miami Beach. Free. Details: (305) 704-7879 or www.lousbeergarden.com.
ARCHITECTURE AS ART
Hand drawing and painting in the digital age is examined in "The Architecture of Drawing." The exhibit is curated from more than 100 sketchbooks of two architects of different generations, Jacob Brillhart — a lecturer at the University of Miami — and Errol Barron. Ends April 3. ArtCenter/South Florida, 800 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 674-8278 or www.artcentersf.org.
Cuban-born artist Rafael Soriano's works span from his folkloric themes that dominated Cuban art in the mid '20s to geometric abstraction in the '50s and a defined, signature approach by the late '60s. This evolution is examined in "Rafael Soriano: Other Worlds Within, a Sixty Year Retrospective." Ends March 27. University of Miami Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Free for members, children under 12 and University of Miami students, faculty and staff. $5 seniors and students. $10 others. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
Miami Art Museum showcases works of the late Robert Rauschenberg, examining the artist's techniques over his career. Includes "Untitled" from his Copper Series and several works from his estate. Ends April 10. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
As Nazi reign overtook 1930s Germany, the livelihoods of many Jewish citizens were stripped away. Dr. Max Stern suffered such a fate when his license to trade art at his gallery was taken away because he was Jewish, and he was forced to auction his artworks at extremely devalued rates. After his death in 1987, a project began to collect those works auctioned off. "Auktion 392: Reclaiming the Galerie Stern, Dusseldorf" examines his story and the restitution of art looted by the Nazis, some of which is on display. Ends April 25. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum presents "GRAN TORINO: Italian Contemporary Art," the works of a select group of Turin, Italy, artists. Introduces movements and trends in new Italian art. Curated by Paolo Facelli and Francesco Poliwill. Ends April 17. Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, 10975 SW 17th St., Tamiami. Free. Details: (305) 348-2890 or http://thefrost.fiu.edu.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden presents "Les Lalanne at Fairchild," the largest outdoor exhibition in the US of works by French sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. Part of the garden's annual visual art program, the exhibition features more than 20 sculptures — including works never publicly displayed in the US — and a multi-piece work made of more than a dozen pieces. All will be displayed throughout the garden's 83 acres by Central Park's Frederick Law Olmsted group. Ends May 31. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. $12-$25. Details: (305) 667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
New World School of the Arts photography major Zonia Zena's black-and-white works are showcased in "Women: Inspiring Journeys." The collection explores the harsh realities ten undocumented female immigrants in the US face, capturing their struggles, dreams and achievements. Ends March 18. New World Gallery, 25 NE Second St., Miami. Free. Details: (305) 237-3620 or http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
Miami Art Museum holds an opening reception for Mark Dion's large-scale installation "South Florida Wildlife Rescue Unit," which focuses on the Everglades and attempts to seize control of South Florida's ecosystem. Event includes dialogue between the artist and Michael Grunwald, author of "The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida and the Politics of Paradise." 6-9 p.m. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Members free. Others $10. Details: (305) 375-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.miamiartmuseum.org.