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.



Summer Creole Stew

Summer 2021.We made it.BREATH.How different it feels heading into this summer than last: a little less anxiety, a lot more joy.We remain mindful that the collective struggle for devalued lives persists here at home and abroad.Our summer selections offer a creole stew that includes a little bit of everything showcasing diverse artists working across various media.


Boca Raton Museum of Art

Vickie Pierre: Be My Herald of What’s to Come

Jun 09, 2021 - Sep 05, 2021

Vickie Pierre’s aesthetics blend elements of her Haitian heritage with contemporary pop culture. This exhibition includes freestanding sculptures and wall-hangings of the artist’s feminist reworking of classic classic fairytales.

ICA Miami

Janiva Ellis: Rats

Curated by Alex Gartenfeld and Stephanie Seidel

On View through Sep 12, 2021

The pandemic was also a time of artistic profundity, which can be seen in “Rats,” Janiva Ellis’s first solo museum exhibition.Featuring new works created over the past year, Ellis engages landscape and abstraction to critique white supremacy while using figuration to paint Blackness expansively.The irony and humor integral to her practice seeks to create spaces of release and renewal.

Installation View

FIU Frost Art Museum

Peggy Levison Nolan
Blueprint for a Good Life

June 5, 2021 — August 22, 2021

Through photographs of domestic interiors, Nolan documents family life in the many working-class South Florida neighborhoods in which she has lived from Naranja to Hollywood.The Blueprint for a Good Life--evoked in the show’s title, is to embrace the support that such communal intimacies provide

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

The Carter Project

Curated by Bonnie Clearwater.

May 15 – January 9, 2022

Art is where the home is.Drawing on his practice of sculpting salvaged materials, Christopher Carter designs and builds a home using shipping containers and other reclaimed materials

The Bass

Rafael Domenech & Ernesto Oroza
Hialeah Electrica - Metavector

June 16 – October 10, 2021

Hialeah is the manufacturing epicenter for electronic products. In their first joint museum exhibition, these two Cuban artists create a site-specific installation using everyday elements such as vinyl, drywall, photos, newspaper, and other ephemera. The exhibition serves as both a creative archive and a material social history of this working-class community.


Pan American Art Projects

Jorge Rios: The Age of the Wind

May 1 – July 10, 2021

Landscape and language are complexly rendered in this solo show of Cuban-born artist Jorge Rios.Centering natural landscapes with embedded text marking “firsts,” this new body of work includes oil paintings and watercolors to critique rhetorics of originary moments.The exhibition might compel viewers to reflect upon vast indigenous ancestral lands we inhabit.

Jorge Rios This Was the First Shadow

Locust Projects

Tal Amitai-Lavi,
Tal Frank:

June 11 - August 07, 2021

This site-specific installation investigates themes of home, space, and structure by exploring disorienting sensations within familiar but unsettling domestic spaces.The installation engages markers including a window made of nylon strings installed within a wall, an augmented ornamental carpet, and a curtain made of intricate nylon strings highlighted by light.As visitors move through this contemplative space, notions of the physical, as well as concepts of home and form, are disrupted.

Locust Projects

Juan Ledesma:
Rhythm of Speech

June 11 - August 07, 2021

New Zealand-born and Miami-based, Juan Ledesma explores the intersection between linguistic sound, acoustic space and material culture.His new experimental audiovisual installation, Rhythm of Speech, creates music out of diverse musical traditions and immigrant accents.
Juan Ledesma Rhythm of Speech


Bakehouse Art Complex

Chire “VantaBlack” Regans: A Reflection of the Times

Curated by Women Artists Archive Miami

On View through November 2021

VantaBlack has spent the past several years creating a series of monochrome portraits memorializing those who lost their lives to gun violence. A Reflection of the Times honors one hundred souls through portraiture and channels bell hook’s theory of the love ethic to create a space for collective remembering and healing. The portraits commemorate the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd and the many others tragically killed.