Though the calendar (and weather) may disagree, the long, sticky summer comes to a mental end with Labor Day. For many museums and galleries, the holiday signals the start of a rousing month of shows, exhibitions and lectures. Others are wrapping up their summer seasons. Here’s a taste of what’s on tap in the coming weeks.
To showcase downtown Miami’s growing art scene, the Downtown Development Authority is holding the first DWNTWN Art Days Friday and Saturday, with free exhibition entries, studio openings, screenings, walking tours and a bike tour. A free trolley will run from 11 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday throughout the district. The full line-up of events is at www.dwntwnartdays.com. Among the many offerings:
Artist George Sanchez Calderon opens his studio from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, 75 NW 12th St.
Miami Art Museum offers free admission to its Rashid Johnson exhibit (details below), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Miami Film Festival International offers a free screening of Gerhard Richter Painting at Miami Dade College at 7 p.m. Friday.
New World School of the Arts opens its Exquisite Consequence exhibition, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 25 NE Second St.
The historic Alfred I Dupont building hosts DWNTWN Art Windows at 169 E. Flagler St.
Centro Cultural Español, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., presents photographer Isabel MuÑoz’s La Bestia exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
At CIFO Art Space, 1018 N. Miami Ave., see Not Me: Subject to Change, the exhibition based on its 2012 grants and commissions program; it runs through Nov. 4. (www.cifo.org.)
• One of the most notable events of the fall is the landmark solo exhibition of work by Rashid Johnson at Miami Art Museum.
The exhibition, which runs from Sept. 7 to Nov. 4, encompasses a decade of photography, sculpture, painting and video by this major contemporary artist whose works figure widely in private Miami collections. His work references African-American icons including W.E.B. Du Sois, Miles Davis and Public Enemy along with everyday objects.
An opening party is slated for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 101 W. Flagler St. in downtown Miami; it is free for members and $10 for non-members.
On Friday MAM Associate Curator Diana Nawi will lead a guided tour of the exhibit, Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folk; at 12:30 p.m. On Sept. 24, MAM and Books & Books will discuss Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness, by novelist and essayist Tourè, author of the exhibition’s catalog, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.
• The de la Cruz Collection unveils a new installation of works by American artist Christian Holstad and a separate installations of works by American artist Seth Price at the Second Saturday artwalk in the Design District on Sept. 8, 7-10 p.m. 3 NE 41st St.
• The Bass Museum in Miami Beach opens Unnatural, featuring works by Israeli artists, 7-10 p.m. Saturday. A walk-through tour with the artists will be offered at 8 p.m. $10 for nonmembers. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.bassmuseum.org.
• Miami Dade College has renamed its gallery system as it seeks to create a permanent museum in downtown Miami showcasing holdings from its permanent collection along with temporary exhibitions of work by global and local artists. Its signature space at the Freedom Tower will now be known as the MDC Museum of Art + Design; its galleries will be called MDC Galleries of Art + Design.
Its fall season kicks off Thursday with shows by New York artist Elena Sisto and Kansas City-based photographer Jaimie Warren at the Freedom Tower; the 7 p.m. opening is free to the public.
Also this month, Grant Miller: New Works, opens Sept. 14 at the Kendall Campus; a showing of paintings by Vladimir Manic that opens at MDC’s North Campus on Sept. 21.
Information: www.mdcmoad.org or www.mdc.edu/galleries.
• The Frost-FIU Museum of Art kicks off a new season of free monthy openings with its Target Wednesday After Hours event from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 12. On display will be Out of the Ordinary Geometry by Lydia Azout, and the FIU Faculty Show, featuring Tori Arpad-Cotta’s long, lovely portage and R.F. Buckley’s Reflections on Water. The museum is at 10975 SW 17th St., Miami. Information: //thefrost.fiu.edu; 305-348-2890.
• The Lowe Museum of Art at the University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, kicks off its first Thursday’s Lowedown Happy Hour from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; UM Professor Nathan J. Timpano offers a guided tour of the museum’s Beaux Arts Gallery. $10 for nonmembers. 305-284-3535; www.loweartmuseum.org.
The UM Gallery in the Wynwood Art District presents Mariah Fox’s Alphabet of Heroes and Bryan Allen Moore’s 10 Years of Thoughts on Landscape, opening Saturday, Sept. 8, from 2-9 p.m. at 2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4.
• Site95 presents John James Anderson’s City Limits in the Locust Projects Room and on 30 local bus shelters as part of Locust Projects Art in Public Places initiative. The Projects Room installation opens from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at 3852 N. Miami Ave., and runs through Oct. 17. www.locustprojects.org.
West Palm Beach
The Norton Museum in West Palm Beach closes from Monday through Sept. 17. If you can fit them in, two shows are worth a visit. (Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; www.norton.org; $12 adults, $5 students.)
• Sunday is the last day to see Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, a show that includes more than 150 drawings from the late master of the macabre who was best known for illustrating the whimsical opening credits of PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery.
Author of such books as The Unstrung Harp and The Gilded Bat, Gorey also created artworks involving Victorian-style characters who often meet untimely ends, such as Ernest in The Gashlycrumb Tinies, "E is for Ernest who choked on a peach." The work is nicely displayed in the exhibition, which features circular Victorian-style settees and ornate drapes framing the wall text accompanying the show.
• Through Sept. 30, Clubs, Joints, and Honky-Tonks: Photographers Experience the Music Scene is a long wallow in popular music that reaffirms the value of American culture through three great American art forms: rock, blues, and country and western music. Organized by staff curator Tim B. Wride, the show begins with images of 1969’s Woodstock, the feel-good pop event of all time, displayed in the foyer of the exhibition rooms.
• All in the Family: Paintings and Works on Paper by Members of the Glackens Family at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale features some 48 pieces drawn from the Glackens family, American artists who were prominent in the early part of the 20th Century. The current exhibit stems from a collection of Glackens family pieces donated to the museum by the late Ira Glackens, the only son of William J. Glackens. The elder Glackens was a well-known painter of his era who moved from tough urban Realism to Renoir-style Impressionism: some of his work on view here are gentle landscapes, suitable for polite drawing rooms. William Glackens’ wife Edith painted whimsical watercolors, while his daughter Lenna favored work with a bit more edge, mixing Surrealism and Symbolism.
Louis Glackens, William’s brother, hacked it out in the trenches of commercial art, crafting cover illustrations for Puck, the famed satirical magazine of the era. A 1913 Puck cover of a boy going off to play football in college, titled When Duty Calls, subtly pushes the idea of an idealized America worth fighting for, a land where all is more or less well.
Through Oct. 7; 1 E. Las Olas Blvd.; www.moafl.org; adults $10, children $5.