Atlas Tugged

Historical maps surrender for art

FRI 4/1

At times inscrutable yet always lyrical, the richly toned woodcut and ink-on-paper works in "Out of This World" reveal the fertile delta of Ibrahim Miranda's interior cartography, a place where scientific data and historical figures are freed from their boundaries by the artist and recast in his image. Using industrially printed maps culled from an atlas published in Cuba in 1978, Miranda removes the pages from their original bindings and marks over them to create panels, somewhat evocative of oriental scrolls, resulting in works that are graphically textured and deeply nuanced in content. Opening tonight at 7:00 at Alonso Fine Art, 200 SW 30th Rd., Miami, the exhibit showcases Miranda's role as one of the most inventive printmakers to emerge from Cuba in the past decade. Call 305-854-1010, or visit www.alonsoart.com. --Carlos Suarez de Jesus

SAT 4/2

Local Nevus

In 1984, when Lincoln Road was just a derelict stretch of Miami Beach, a group of artists saw promise in the area and set up shop. Today the ArtCenter Gallery (800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach) is still going strong, and Lincoln Road has become the chic promenade they always believed it could be. Their latest exhibition, "birth mark," features works from the Florida International University Masters of Fine Arts program. Established and emerging artists will reveal the creative inspiration our cosmopolitan city provides through photography, installation pieces, sculpture, and performance art. Call 305-674-8278, or visit www.artcentersf.org. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

Art for Autonomy

A fundraising auction

THUR 3/31

For more than a decade, the Center for Independent Living of South Florida has assisted thousands of people with disabilities in building a rewarding futu re for themselves. The nonprofit organization provides a range of services on behalf of its clients. "We promote independence more than anything," says spokesperson Vanessa Silberman. "Our goal is that people won't be hindered from leading fulfilling lives or seen as a drain on society." The organization is hosting the Phoenix Fine Art Extravaganza to benefit its clients tonight at 6:30 at Etra Fine Art (56 NE 40th St., Miami) and features a silent auction including the works of more than 30 South Florida artists, an open bar, gourmet food, live music, and a host of dignitaries who will honor the organization and its contributions. Tickets cost $25. Call 305-751-8025. --Carlos Suarez de Jesus

 
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