Aesthetics & Values 2012: Kuhl and Leyton, New Hope Plantation, 2010, Acrylic tape, book tape on paper, Courtesy of Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art
Florida International University, Maidique Campus, 10975 S.W. 17th St., Miami, 305-348-2890, Thefrost.fiu.edu
Aesthetics & Values 2012, an annual seminar of the Honors College at FIU, will examine how art can "initiate, accelerate, or combat social change."The resulting A&V exhibition of contemporary Miami artists is researched, organized and curated by students and this year will include work by David Rohn, Ed Levine, Gavin Perry, Gean Moreno, Jiae Hwang, Jillian Mayer, Kuhl and Leyton, Luis García-Nerey, Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt and Robert Chambers. The exhibition runs through April 18, with an opening reception during Target Wednesday After Hours, 6-9 p.m. March 28.
Also opening during Target Wednesday After Hours is Discrepant Modernism, an exhibition by the Master of Fine Arts Class of 2012 of FIU's School of Art and Art History.. The show, which will feature works by Alex Trimino, Pepe Mar and Peter Hammar, runs through April 18.
3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-576-8570, Locustprojects.org
Shortness of Breath, a solo exhibition by Miami-based painter Natalya Laskis, features the artist's largest works yet made painting with broom brushes, skis and other tools and incorporating photographs and found images. The show runs through April 27, with an artist discussion moderated by Fredric Snitzer at 6:30 p.m. March 28. Running in conjunction with Laskis' show is Emmett Moore: High, Low and In Between in the Project Room. A walk-through with the Miami-based artist and designer will take place at 6:30 p.m. March 28. Locust's regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.
2531 N.W. Second Ave., Miami
Philanthroparty is an event to help raise funds for PhilanthroFest, billed as a free outdoor event (held April 14 in Midtown Miami) where people can explore 75 philanthropic and cultural organizations and resources while enjoying musical, art, fashion, kids activities and food. The fundraiser runs 6 to 9 p.m. March 28. Admission is $20 donation at door and includes a free first drink and 30 percent off other drinks.