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july 29
Ana Maria Mazzei: Caracas-based artist Ana Maria Mazzei made a splash with her work at the Sao Paolo Biennial in 1981 and 1994, when her work represented Venezuela in that international competition. More specifically, it revealed the most vulnerable aspects of her nation: Mazzei's work explores the humanity of the people of rural Venezuela and helped raise awareness of the endangered natural resources and indigenous peoples that make up and depend on a unique and fragile ecosystem. Mazzei presents her first U.S. solo exhibition at the Miami Art Museum (101 W. Flagler St.), a site-specific installation combining video, photography, sculpture, and mixed media, on view through September 28. Admission is five dollars. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday), and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Call 375-3000. (GC)

Florida Marlins: See Monday.

july 30
Fifty Years on the Mangrove Coast: Leading twentieth-century American photographer Walter Evans is best known for Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, his Depression-era photography series that documented the plight of sharecroppers in Hale County, Alabama, as well as for his Farm Security Administration work with Ben Shahn, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks. But Evans also produced a lesser-known body of work, published in a 1942 book by Karl Bickel, The Mangrove Coast, that records the period between Florida's boom of the 1920s and the post-World War II 1940s. His black-and-white images of tourists, landscapes, architecture, and black life portray a Florida in transition. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida (101 W. Flagler St.) presents Evans's works alongside the contemporary color works of Boston-based photographer Rodder Kingston in the exhibition "Fifty Years on the Mangrove Coast: The Photographs of Walker Evans and Rodder Kingston," on view through September 28. In 1990 Kingston came across a copy of Bickel's book and was inspired to photograph some of the same places Evans shot 50 years earlier. The exhibition offers an amazing study in contrasts. Admission is four dollars. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday), and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Call 375-1492. (GC)

Florida Marlins: See Monday.
Ana Maria Mazzei: See Tuesday.

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