Dr. Donette Francis
2021 Art Circuits’ Critic’s Choice art writer

Donette Francis is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Miami, where she is a founding member of the Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Collective. She is the author of Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature.



Juxtapositions: Old and New

From Betye Saar to Mexican Modernists, this month provides South Floridians a rare opportunity to see transformative masters alongside emerging artists who have and are changing the conceptual landscape of contemporary art.



Betye Saar: Serious Moonlight

Curated by Stephanie Seidel

October 28, 2021- April 17, 2022

Betye Saar’s 1970s’ research trips to Haiti, Mexico, and Nigeria produced immersive works exploring communal rituals of spirituality, mourning and death amongst African-descended peoples.On view are these 1980-1998 site-specific installations from this iconic American master.

Norton Museum

Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection.

October 23, 2021 - February 6, 2022

After a period in hiding, the Mexican Modernist collection of Jacques and Natasha Gelman is on view.Featuring paintings, works on paper and photographs of over 150 works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravo, Miguel Covarrubias, Gunther Gerzso, María Izquierdo, Carlos Mérida, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano, Rufino Tamayo, Lucienne Bloch, Imogen Cunningham, Juan Guzmán, Graciela Iturbide, Nikolas Murray, Edward Weston, and Guillermo Kahlo—Frida’s father.


FAU Galleries/The South Florida Cultural Consortium

Under The Florida Sun: South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship Exhibition

Curated by Mikhaile Solomon

On View through October 30, 2021

This group show features 12 artists from Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties who have won grants from the South Florida consortium. Through the eyes of the selected artists, the exhibition offers intimate understandings of the vast cultures, perspectives, and landscapes of those of us who call South Florida our home. Artists include: Harumi Abe, Sally Binard, Yanira Collado, Zoraye Cyrus, Mark Fleuridor, Carla Forte, Juan Pablo Garza, Catalina Jaramillo, Franciso Masó, Jared McGriff, Sofia Valiente, and Sasha Wortzel.

HistoryMiami Museum

Anastasia Samoylova: FloodZone

October 15, 2021 - April 17, 2022

Anastasia Samoylova’s ongoing photographic series, FloodZone, opens this month at the HistoryMiami Museum. Centering the realities of climate change, sea level rise, and urban sprawl in South Florida, the timely exhibition, an installation of 46 images taken from 2016 to the present, explores geographies of both paradise and disaster. The museum will also feature an exhibition of related images of local storms and floods in an adjacent gallery.

Pinecrest Gardens

Views in Perspective
Loni Johnson: Remnants

October 23, 2021 - February 28, 2022

Centering the work of local artists working intentionally with photography, “Views in Perspectives” explores the medium’s complex relationship to visual truth.The exhibition features works by Consuelo Castañeda, Marina Font, Carol Jazzar, Leslie Gabaldón, Maritza Caneca, and Carl Juste, among others.
Consuelo Castaneda 

CAMP Gallery/ FAMA ( Fiber Artists Miami Association)

Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse

Opens October 2

CAMP Gallery and the Fiber Artists Miami Association present the 3rd edition of this annual exhibition,highlighting female voices in fiber and textile arts. Participating artists have created a collective quilt to display the subtle intricacies of their intersecting experiences.

N’Namdi Contemporary Fine Art

Francks Deceus: MUMBO JUMBO … Then and Now

On View through October 31, 2021

Conjuring the title of Ishmael Reed’s novel, the series renders the complexities of diasporic Blackness filtered through the lens of Hatian immigrant experiences.Through conceptual, abstract and figurative painting, collage and drawings, Deceus incorporates a pastiche of references ranging from social media emojis, romantic love and urban fashion to iconography from voodoo ceremonies derived from diasporic links to Africa.