Dark Day Picks

On Mondays Venetian Red celebrates the day of the week when most galleries and museums are traditionally closed. “Dark Day Picks” highlights current exhibitions, new installations, art world tidbits, and, as in the case today, books that have recently made an impression on us. Get a jump on a week filled with art.

Contemporary Jewish Museum—Maurice Sendak, There’s a Mystery There. Sept 8, 2009—Jan.19, 2010. What child does not fall in love with Sendak—the lovely relationship between mother and son in the Little Bears series (which Sendak illustrated), the gluttonous treat of the miniature Nutshell Library, and lucky Max, of Where the Wild Things Are, who went to his room without supper, but still managed a most exciting adventure? Sendak’s stories are universal and timeless, all the more rich from having been informed by the sadness and complexities of the Holocaust, the rich memories of his parent’s lives in Europe, and his own childhood experiences with his Jewish relatives.

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Thatcher Gallery, USF Wangxin Zhang—Detour (New Works). August 21-October 1. Perhaps best known for his life-size ceramic sculptures depicting modern day versions of Xian’s Terracotta Warriors, Zhang’s new work addresses current cultural and political topics relating to present-day China and US.

Triangle Gallery—Stephanie Peek: Uncertain Riches. Sept. 8—Oct. 17. Lush floral compositions, making use of the infinite pattern opportunities in nature.

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