Where to Go and What to See

It was 40 Years Ago...

Maybe it's just the weather, but things seem to be cooking all over. Here are some hot photo shows in various cities:

It was 40 Years Ago...

The Summer of Love comes alive again (this time, for real!)...or at least it reappears as a "spectator sport," as the New York Times calls it. The Whitney Museum's be-in retrospective, Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, includes everything from trippy album covers and posters to multimedia installations to otherworldly prints like Bill Ham's "Liquid Light Show" (above left). Plus icons like Avedon, Warhol, Ginsberg, and Jimi Hendrix's only known watercolor. Critics have called the show selective, revisionist, a celebration of the era's excess and narcissism — cool! We expect the boomers and their kids to show up in droves, maybe with flowers in their hair. Through September 16; visit the Whitney's site.

The Real Cindy Sherman?

Here's a new one: Cindy Sherman says, "This is the only work I've ever done that was consciously autobiographical." The artist—visual equivalent of the Summer of Love's "man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud"—makes it known that she was always playing roles in her self-portraits, except maybe these. A Play of Selves showcases her 1975 work in which she shot herself and cut out of black-and-white prints during her last college year in Buffalo. (Sherman's "A play of selves/Act 2-Scene 2" is at right.) It's on view through June 15 at Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, 7A Grafton Street in London, then traveling to Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Germany. Visit ArtDaily.org.