"Nepotism: The Art of Friendship" --
The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale continues its slow, steady comeback with this small exhibition curated by Edouard Duval-Carrié, the museum's first official artist in residence. The Haitian-born artist drew on the works of two dozen other artists he knows and/or admires for this group show, which includes 35 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and installations. You'd be hard-pressed to uncover any sort of artistic agenda here, and that's the point. A show like this -- its misses as well as its hits -- attests to the artist-curator's taste and sensibility, which in this case are characterized by a healthy eclecticism. Duval-Carrié's MoA show includes another contribution, an atmospheric mixed-media installation called "The Indigo Room or Is Memory Water Soluble?"
Displayed in a little elevator foyer, it's an ambitious affirmation of the artist's roots in a country steeped in mystery, ritual, and social and political turmoil, created to commemorate the bicentennial of Haitian independence. It's also a near hermetic, highly personal work that gives up its secrets only grudgingly. (Through November 7 ["Nepotism"] and December 31 ["Indigo Room"] at the Museum of Art, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500.)
"Steve McCurry: Photographs of Asia" -- McCurry is best-known for his haunting portrait of an Afghan girl taken for National Geographic during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. This small, excellent show puts that picture front and center. It also includes 50 or so other color shots by McCurry, who, like the best photojournalists, has an uncanny ability to capture extraordinary images on the fly, a knack for picking up on fleeting moments that resonate emotionally, even spiritually, as well as aesthetically. He rarely strays far from imagery charged by its cultural and historical context, and he reinvigorates subject matter we think we know all too well. (Through August 29 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton, 561-392-2500.)