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.



Art in Pandemic Times

One persistent question of our pandemic present is: What is our collective relationship to time? Several of this month’s featured artists grapple with time in relation to ecosystems, climate change, and the nagging personal sense of an incessantly disoriented everyday life. Reflecting dynamic experimentations with creative forms, these exhibitions invite consideration of how living in a time of pandemic has changed our relationship to time, space, and value.


The Museum of Grafitti

SABER: Escape From Los Angeles

Opens September 10

Saber’s solo show explores the graffiti artist’s shift from creating street to studio art during this pandemic time of self-isolation.The results are stunning intensive abstracts that manipulate color and lighting to reflect his current experience living with repetitive grand mal seizures.

Frost Art Museum

Leonardo Drew: Cycles, From the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

Curated by Loretta Yarlow

On View through November 17, 2021

Engineering cotton paper pulp and pigment to evoke densely populated spaces: cities, forests, and urban wastelands, the scale of Leonardo Drew’s works juxtapose the magisterial alongside the fragile.Using raw materials to create both prints and sculptures, Drew investigates the cycles of nature, time, and human existence.


Diana Lowenstein

HyperLeak: Past → Present ← Future

On View through October 30, 2021

Confronting the impossibility of grasping the depth of time horizons, in this collaborative exhibition, Timino and Grodin rework geometric forms, textiles, and woods with technology, highlighting moments when nature and technology “contaminate” each other to produce new art forms that embrace indigenous histories and practices.

Emerson Dorsch

Solo Exhibition: Moira Holohan

Opens September 25th

Moira Holohan’s meditative abstractions impose bold forms onto woven panels to explore the interface of craft, technology, and the monotony of everyday routines.

Locust Projects

Jessica Segall: Reverse Alchemy on the Gold Coast
Lewis Colburn: A Fountain for a Dark Future
Loni Johnson: Remnants

Opens September 10

The gallery showcases three provocative exhibitions concerned with the alchemy of water and other minerals. Transforming the gallery space into a laboratory, these living exhibitions will change properties over the course of their installation. Segall’s plants feed on gold water to cultivate a landscape beyond the exploitation of extractive capitalism; Colburn’s water pump is an allegory about a dark future catalyzed by sea level rise and authoritarianism; and Johnson’s everyday objects create a space of rest, reflection and commemoration that centers the ordinary, yet affirming, rituals and movements of Black women and girls.

Oolite Arts

Wear this robe, let it comfort you:Germane Barnes

On view through Nov. 7, 2021

Now Hold on Just a Minute Here:Kelly Breez

On view through Oct. 31, 2021

Activating Miami storefronts, Barnes and Breez repurpose intimate everyday objects to contemplate time, space, and movement during pandemic present.Mapping the mundane communal activities and spaces of Black life, Barnes uses the robe and other articles of clothing to explore Black domesticity, vulnerability, and extravagance. Using the form of the visual diary, Breez navigates the uneasiness of time and grounding oneself in the year 2020 and beyond.