It’s Cold Outside; Look At Art Inside

It’s been a cruel, cruel winter weather-wise. To combat SAD, I prescribe alternating Saturdays spent binge-watching House of Cards and True Detective with Sundays soaking up some culture. Here are my must-see exhibits.

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Photo by Hassan Hajjaj

1. Fodder for MIA’s next music video: London-based Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj’s photographs of female friends dressed up as a badass motorcycle gang. I love the pastiche of patterns, the “frames” made from images of foodstuffs, and how he’s challenging gender and cultural stereotypes with a sense of humor. An exhibit of this series, titled ‘Kesh Angels, is on view at NYC’s Taymour Grahne Gallery and ends March 7.

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Edward Steichen, Marlene Dietrich, (for Vanity Fair), 1931. Via Whitney Museum

2. Hurry! Work by master photographer Edward Steichen from the ’20s and ’30s in closing this weekend at the Whitney (ends February 23).

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A shuttered Marshall Fields, 2009, by Brian Ulrich

3. For a decade artist Brian Ulrich has been exploring the American consumerism landscape by photographing malls and their abundance of goods, thrift stores and unwanted consumer products, and abandoned retail buildings. This three-part series of photos is on view in Copia — Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-2011 at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee (ends May 18).

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Richard Serra, Intervals. Photo by Tom Powel

4. Confronting sculptor Richard Serra’s imposing steel forms always leaves me awestruck. Go check out four new pieces by him at Gagosian on West 24th Street (until March 15).

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Stone and silver ring by Art Smith

5. Farther afield is an exhibit at the Cincinnati Art Museum on the fascinating modernist jeweler Art Smith who was born in Cuba, raised in Brooklyn, and became a part of the bohemian West Village scene from the ’40-’70s. (Read his full bio here.) See 24 of his astounding metal pieces in From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith (ends May 18).

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