The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982: Works by 57 international artists using photography reflect the meteoric cultural and perceptual changes afoot in the United States and abroad during this period. A countercultural movement of anti-photography rebelled against the pristine modernist photographic masterwork, and many artists capitalized on the instability of the photographic image; it was fertile ground for eccentric artistic exploration. This is an in-depth look at a rich period in art production, one vastly different from the moment we are now experiencing. The works exhibited encourage intellectual liberation as they court the absurd, the unpredictable, and the mysterious. -- Michelle Weinberg Through June 12. Miami Art Central, 5960 Red Rd., South Miami; 305-455-3333.
Madria Tiri: Cundo Bermudez comes from a generation of modern Cuban painters who redefined color, shapes, and themes from the legacy of Matisse and Picasso and the local influences of René Portocarrero and Amelia Peláez. But his art also retains a tasteful post-Cubist tone implicit in Havana's Fifties architectural style. Don't miss his Madria Tiri, seven-by-eleven-foot oil on canvas. This handsome panel displays Bermudez's signature busts -- devoid of mouths and donning all sorts of head gear. It feels young, considering that Bermudez was born in 1914. -- Alfredo Triff Through May 6. Cernuda Arte, 3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 305-461-1050.
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Robert Rauschenberg: Considered a central figure in late-twentieth-century art, Rauschenberg is also a long-time resident of Captiva Island, Florida. His recent work has begun to reflect distinctively local input: gators, punchy shadows, pink and green. His move to water-based media, inspired by safety and environmental concerns, forced his palette into a gentler range of intensity. This makes his new works more pleasant to look at than the saturated images he became known for, but the oomph has gone out of them as well. They're fun and lighthearted (the man is famous for being the same), but they seem to want for more resolution and gravitas. -- Franklin Einspruch Through July 3. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000.