At 7:00 tonight the Wolfsonian-FIU hosts hot Italian architect Mario Botta, who gives the kick-off lecture in "Fast Forward Futurism: Miami-Milan," a series of public programs devoted to the museum's upcoming exhibition, "Depero Futurista Rome, Paris, New York, 1915-1932." It is the first-ever U.S. show to concentrate on the works of Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero. Botta will deliver a slide lecture featuring his ultramodern designs that encompass everything from private homes in the Swiss Alps to public spaces such as San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art. Admission is five dollars. Call 305-535-2602.
In 1988 Joseph Murphy wrote the book Santeria: An American Religion in America. Researched over several years and written from the perspective of an observer and participant, the tome is an introduction to the intriguing synthesis of Catholicism and the Yoruba religion. African slaves in Cuba created the amalgam to maintain their ancestral ties while appearing to embrace the faith of their captors. Murphy details the life of a Bronx, New York, Santeria community and includes his fascinating initiation into the religion. An associate professor in the department of theology at Georgetown University, Murphy has also conducted fieldwork on African religions in Brazil and Jamaica. Tonight he discusses "A Yoruba Goddess in the Americas" at 7:30 p.m. at FIU's University Park Campus, SW Eighth Street and 107th Avenue, rm AT-100B. Admission is free. Call 305-348-2186.
The dots and bold lines that characterize Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's dynamic paintings, often based on comic book characters, may look easy for the Average Joe to pull off. Check out the exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: Man Hit by the 21st Century at the Bass Museum of Art (2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach) and you'll see otherwise. On view are 72 rarely seen works, including preparatory studies, collages, drawings, and paintings that examine Lichtenstein's working process from 1985 to 1996. The show runs through May 9. The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. Admission is seven dollars. Call 305-673-7530.