By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Daniel Reskin
Triangle of Need: Chicago-based theater and film artist Catherine Sullivan will participate in a free screening and talk about her new multichannel video installation, Triangle of Need, which opened at Vizcaya this past fall as part of the museum's Contemporary Arts Project. The work was filmed primarily at Vizcaya and in a nondescript apartment in Chicago, where Vizcaya patron James Deering's International Harvester was based. Triangle of Need introduces "Neanderthals," e-mail scams, and figure skating into Vizcaya's lush and seemingly placid environment. — Steph Hurst February 7 at 6 p.m. Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-250-9133, www.vizcayamuseum.org.
ULAE 50th Anniversary Retrospective: Boasting an arresting array of prints by scores of big-name artists, including Jim Dine, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, and Robert Rauschenberg, the ULAE exhibit is a must-see show, as well as a historical primer on the innovations of printmaking at the atelier during the past half-century. — Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through February 9. Center for Visual Communication, 541 NW 27th St., Miami; 305-571-1415, www.visual.org.
Fortunate Objects: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection: The show features 59 works in a mind-boggling hodgepodge of media by artists ranging from Damien Hirst to Olafur Eliasson and José Antonio Hernández-Diez. It "proposes a playful, imaginative, curious, and unexpected approach to objects used in daily life," curator Cecilia Fajardo-Hill says. Eyeball whackers include Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycle, a soaring sculpture concocted from 74 bicycles screwed together and arranged in a merry-go-roundlike circle. — Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through February 24. CiFo Art Space, 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-455-3380, www.cifo.org.
The Real Story of the Superheroes: Mexican photographer Dulce Pinzón's provocative solo show features 10 intimate color portraits of immigrants in the course of their daily work in the Big Apple — only decked out in the costumes of the Justice League.The 33-year-old Pinzón, who has lived in New York since 1995 and once worked as a union organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 338, says the idea to recognize unheralded Latino laborers came to her from the people she encountered in her neighborhood. Determined to bring their plight and sacrifice to the limelight, she got them to pose in superhero garb. For Pinzón, the true superheroes inhabiting Gotham are the undocumented immigrants who work as waiters, delivery boys, laundromat attendants, taxi drivers, and nannies, yet remain invisible in the din of the bustling city. — Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through February 29. Kunsthaus Miami, 3312 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-438-1333, www.kunsthaus.org.mx.
Six 21st-Century Chinese Neo-Pop Artists: Once again, gallerist Virginia Miller has gained access to the as yet restricted, but lucrative, contemporary Chinese art market. The new group exhibition of two-dimensional media at ArtSpace features the work of six young artists based in China. Many of the works are unmistakably political. The exhibition is a joint effort between Miller and curator Pierette Van Cleve, whose exclusive contacts in China enabled the transfer of the art to the States. The show memorializes each artist's individual struggle for expression within a densely populated environment. — Steph Hurst Through February 29. ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables; 305-444-4493, www.virginiamiller.com.
Inside Out: Jordan Massengale's solo exhibition of new paintings features cropped neo-expressionistic compositions and Fischl-like forms in motion. The Canadian-born figurative painter juxtaposes competing patterns and textures within Hockney-inspired multilayered arrangements of colors and forms. The works reflect a proclivity for randomness and vibrancy in color, movement, and subject matter. The artist strives for compositional complexity and emerges on top, fresher than ever, in one of the best painting exhibitions to hit the Design District this season. — Steph Hurst Through March 1. Leonard Tachmes Gallery, 3930 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-572-9015, www.leonardtachmesgallery.com.
Jorge Pardo: House: In his first comprehensive museum exhibition, Jorge Pardo's illustrious midcareer survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art features eight sprawling rooms and more than 60 milestone works gathered from all over the world. Each room will leave the viewer stunned with both quiet elegance and bold originality. Pardo's respect for convention and penchant for modern technology offer glimpses of the past, the future, and the ongoing dialogue with the self in relation to the context of creation. From the pinhole cameras installed in his studio garage in the Eighties, to the dazzling hanging lamps created for Mountain Bar in Los Angeles last year, MoCA's well-executed assemblage of Pardo's work is a rare treat and a must-see. — Steph Hurst Through March 2. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211, www.mocanomi.org.
French Kissin' in the USA: Named for the title of a hit 1986 Blondie tune, this show lassoes a posse of 19 contemporary French artists pegged "Generation Sampling," for hijacking images, forms, and signs from the virtual and visual dumping grounds, and marks the first U.S. foray by the bumper crop of emerging French talent. — Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through March 8. The Moore Space, 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-438-1163, www.themoorespace.org.