MOCA revisits the Eighties
You've shellacked your bangs into a perfect waterfall and slipped your leggings on beneath your skirt. The baby-doll socks with white pumps, lace gloves, and pastel jacket with linebacker shoulder pads are all you need to complete the look. Oh my God! You are, like, totally ready to go to "Pop Love - An '80s Extravaganza" at the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., North Miami). This totally tubular fundraiser salutes the neo-pop art of the colorful decade that brought us Rubik's Cube, Purple Rain, Wham!, and Members Only jackets. Music provided by DJ Hottpants and "special surprise entertainment" will have you shaking your big hair all night, but take a break from moonwalking to place a bid in the silent auction. Proceeds will purchase new works for the permanent collection. MoCA director Bonnie Clearwater hopes for a big turnout: "There's a lot of shopping I want to do," she says with an air of Alexis Carrington. Tickets cost $125 in advance and $150 at the door. Call 305-893-6211 ext. 33, or visit www.mocanomi.org. -- Lyssa Oberkreser
Intensely labored-upon soiled bed sheets, crisp waxed-dunked business shirts, and scrap-metal shoes, bras, and garter belts are among the provocative pieces by a group of artists exploring fixation in "Material Whirled," opening tonight at 7:00 at the Bettcher Gallery (5582 NE Fourth Ct., Miami). The show is part of a cycle of exhibits probing the "phenomena of desire and seduction by artists whose executions expose the acting out and fulfillment of various obsessions," promises curator Cora Bettcher. Intricate necktie bondage circles, lavish silk and organza fiber works, and luscious eye-popping digital prints of women in rubber uniforms contribute to what Betthcher calls a "smut shop" aesthetic reflecting the bizarre "sexual habits of people." Call 305-758-7556, or visit www.bettchergallery.com. - Carlos Suarez de Jesus
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MAM salutes young artists
Finger paint, sidewalk chalk, and modeling clay are preschool essentials, but they may also be tools a toddler needs for a successful future in the arts. The Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St., Miami) honors young artists today at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition. More than 200 works in all forms of media will be on display. At the conclusion of this regional exhibition, the winning artwork will be sent to New York City where a distinguished panel of prominent artists and arts professionals will select the national awardees to be honored at Carnegie Hall. Show your support of these talented students at the free opening reception this afternoon at 2:00; the awards ceremony follows at 3:00. The student exhibit will be on view through February 20. Call 305-375-3000 or visit www.miamiartmuseum.org. -- Ann Mason