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Art Break: Identity Explored Through the Lens of Cindy Sherman at Mnuchin Gallery

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, May 1, 2017

This week’s Art Break is all about identity: what is it and how does it affect people and places? From LGBTQ experiences to the ambiance of an urban environment, the way that people perceive themselves or their surroundings will give every viewer many more questions than answers. We like our uptown pick of Cindy Sherman, an artist whose career has been focused on examining and critiquing the archetypes of identity and storytelling. You’ll find yourself intrigued by the ideas she discusses in her work. And as always, all listings are free admission.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Street

When: Now through May 21, Tue – Sun: 12-6, Thur: 12-8

Who: Expanded Visions: Fifty Years of Collecting

What: Permanent collection of art in a newly renovated space

Why: A crash course in the history of art and the LGBTQ experience

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 West 27th Street

When: Now through May 13, Tues-Sat: 10-6

Who: Max Ernst: Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers

What: Bronze sculptures

Why: Classic surrealism still feels fresh and relevant

Art Break Midtown (up to 59th Street, East or West):

Where: Nailya Alexander Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704

When: Now through May 20, Tue – Sat: 11-6

Who: Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel

What: Photographs taken in four cities: Havana, New York, St. Petersburg, and Venice

Why: Real life images that suggest fictional narratives

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Mnuchin Gallery, 45 East 78th Street

When: Now through June 10, Tue – Sat: 10-6

Who: Cindy Sherman: Once Upon A Time, 1981 – 2011

What: Photographic works spanning 30 years

Why: Exploring the stereotypes of human representation


Cover: Cindy Sherman: Untitled #94 (1981); courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.


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