War Art, What Is It Good For?

For a devastating Twentieth Century of turmoil, for one

It's all right, but even for a "work in progress" I found something amiss (or missing?). I'm attracted by Jonas's performance, but not as form anymore; instead for what it enables, which brings me to what the function, role, and -- more important -- relevance of performance is. Jonas keeps questioning the self by dislocating space and reframing and fracturing the image. Pointing to what, a fractured self? For a naive and self-indulgent generation coming out of the 1950s it was an important message by the 1960s. But now? This is not to say that we don't still live in self-deceit, but I sense behind all of Jonas's use of glitter and trickery a component that remains idle in her work through all these years: the danger that she may conceptually coddle what she really tries to fight -- human indolence.

Openings

• ArtSouth: Carlos Alvarez Cotera's solo show, "Live, Love, Give," along with the first exhibition of Clay Space Gallery -- highlighting the work of seven founding members including Carlos Alvez and Ellie Schneiderman -- packs a hefty dose of art into Homestead. Opening at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at ArtSouth, 240 N. Krome Ave., Homestead; 305-247-9406.

The art of war makes up "Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War"
The art of war makes up "Weapons of Mass Dissemination: The Propaganda of War"

Details

Through March 1; Call 305-531-1001.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave, Miami Beach

• ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries: New installation and paintings from Venezuelan Arturo Correa explore the nature of home and homelessness -- you too can leave your thoughts, written on the white walls. Opening at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables; 305-444-4493.

• The Bakehouse Art Complex: Work wrought from glass, wood, and old photography is molded by Jon Davis into "Incestuous Images and Raw Forms," accompanied by music from Epic. Opening at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at the Bakehouse, 561 NW 32nd St.; 305-576-2828.

• Barbara Gillman Gallery: The new relocated space in the Design District opens with "Rosenquist in Florida -- Major Prints," from artist James Rosenquist. Opening at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at Barbara Gillman, 3814 NE Miami Ct.; 305-573-1920.

• Cernuda Arte: Works from 29 artists from Gomez Peralta to Flora Fong to Demi make up the aptly named exhibit, "A Selection of Cuban Artists." Opening at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at Cernuda, 3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-461-1050.

• Damien B. Art Center: Okay, painters, photographers, sculptors, actors, filmmakers, and musicians have pulled out their guns for the multimedia Arte del Barrio event, which costs $5. Opening at 8:00 on Saturday, November 8, at Damien B., 282 NW 36th St.; 305-573-4949.

• Diana Lowenstein: To play with the idea of "vanishing" images, the Argentine Eduardo Medici based some work on old negatives for "Restos, Rastros, Rostros." Opening on Friday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Diana Lowenstein, 3080 SW 38th Ct.; 305-774-5969.

• Fredric Snitzer Gallery: A solo show from our own Lynne Golob Gelfman is what you'll see in "across: new paintings." Opening at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 7, at Fred Snitzer, 3078 SW 38th Ct.; 305-448-8976.

• Objex Art Space: A nationally traveling show of contemporary street artists lands at the alt gallery in Wynwood in the form of the "Installation Scion Art Series." Opening sometime on the evening of Friday, November 7, at Objex, 203 NW 36th St.; 305-576-6551.

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