Smells like diplomatic spirit: A broad survey of art from the Dominican Republic can be seen at the Bass Museum from September 26 through December 1. Organized by the Americas Society in New York, the show covers Dominican art from the Forties to the present, running the gamut of modern and contemporary styles and schools. "Real" (December 12-February 9) features the work of black artists practicing contemporary forms of social realism.
Meret Oppenheim is known exclusively to most art aficionados for her fur-lined teacup Dejeuner en Fourrure (Breakfast in Fur). "Meret Oppenheim: Beyond the Teacup," at the Bass February 6-April 6, takes museumgoers past that surrealist icon. Sculpture, painting, collage, assemblage, and photography are included in this first Oppenheim retrospective in the United States, which originates at New York's Guggenheim Museum. With biting humor, Israeli artists dissect their national stereotypes in "Desert Cliche: Local Images" (April 23June 30) at the Bass; the show is curated by MDCC Wolfson Galleries director Amy Cappellazzo and Miami-based Israeli curator Tami Katz-Freiman.
Lichtenstein, Warhol, et al. convene once more for "Miami Pops: Pop Art from Miami Collections," at the Art Museum at Florida International University from September 20 through November 20. Contemporary artists working in a variety of media interpret an evergreen subject for "The Garden" (January 10February 15), a show curated by museum director Dahlia Morgan. "Guido Llinas and Los Once After Cuba" (February 28-April 2) features abstract works by exiled members of the Cuban collective Los Once.
"Critiques of Pure Abstraction," at the University of Miami's Lowe Museum (September 19-November 17), examines late twentieth-century abstraction, and criticism of it, in works by twenty artists. At the Lowe from February 6 through March 30, "Masterworks in Haitian Art from the Davenport Museum of Art" includes paintings and sculpture from the Davenport's prestigious collection, the first museum collection of Haitian art in the United States. Simultaneously on exhibit: Haitian sequined flags depicting vodou gods and ritual symbols from the Sheila Natasha Simrod Friedman collection. From June 5 through July 27, the Lowe shows watercolors and drawings by American traditionalist Thomas Hart Benton. And from June 5 through July 27, photographs by naturalist Ansel Adams will be on view.
"Celebrating Florida: Works of Art from the Vickers Collection," at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida from October 11 through January 26, spotlights the finest private collection of Florida landscape art. The show includes works by Winslow Homer, Louis Comfort Tiffany, William Glackens, and other historical figures who captured Florida's unspoiled terrain in bygone times.
The Museum of Art waves the flag in Fort Lauderdale with "Asafo! African Flags of the Fante," an exhibition of large appliqued and embroidered banners made from 1850 to 1957 by the Fante people of Ghana. At the same time (October 25-January 5), the museum features "Burning Issues: Contemporary African-American Art," a show of work addressing the black American experience today. Artists include Lyle Ashton Harris, Carrie Mae Weems, and Alison Saar. "Linkages," a somewhat related exhibition at the Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale, combines works by Florida artists George Gadsen and Dinizulu Dene Tinnie dealing with black historical issues, and Haitian sequined flags belonging to collector Margaret Armand (October 24-January 12).
Also at the Museum of Art, "Treasures of the Salvador Dali Museum" showcases paintings, drawings, and sculpture by the Spanish surrealist (January 24-April 6) from the St. Petersburg repository. From April 4 through August 3, elegance with a raw edge will be on view in multimedia sculptures by Miami-based Cuban artist Florencio Gelabert. And a retrospective of photos by photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark goes up April 25 through August 3.
Consult this newspaper's museum and gallery listings for locations and hours. Because of space limitations, not every show from each institution could be included here. Contact individual museums for full season calendars.