As often happens when you're deciding which galleries to divide your time among, I give you the choice between Fun and Fabulous or Serious and Cerebral. Not to suggest that the first can't the second, or the latter the former, but I think you know what I mean here. First there is powerHouse's Warhol is Dead! exhibit, with images of the first celebrity's celebrity by photography elite and a guest list filled out by Warhol's close friends and collaborators, including Blondie front-woman Debbie Harry. PowerHouse events are always a blast, with DJs and drinks and dancing, but this is likely to top them all.
My second choice for this week, Sasha Bezzubov's Things Fall Apart, is pretty much the opposite of celebrity. This muted, expansive series cleverly combines images from different natural disasters: tsunami, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, tornado. Bezzubov's pictures are of sad aftermaths, for sure, but there is something removed about them, avoiding exploitation and "look how sad" portrayals. Instead, they seem to prompt us to recognize how things are put together, and how they come apart (suggested by the title) in similar ways, familiar to us all, no matter where we are when it all comes undone. There is definitely a sense of our own fragile attempts to fight off mother nature, too—and our ultimate, inevitable failure to do so.
On second thought, these shows might have something in common. Warhol-ism, after all, was partly about the constructing and deconstructing of personalities and personas. And wasn't Warhol himself his own kind of tornado? Luckily, on further reflection, I have also realized that these openings are on entirely different nights, so you don't even have to choose. See them both, and the others too. Squeeze all the life out of it you can, before it all falls apart.
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