Laurie Simmons's small tableaux, which she reproduces in photographs, generally take their cues from fashion advertising and interior design magazines, parodying them to excess. Chicly dressed dolls pose in fabricated environments in ways that suggest soap-operatic narratives revolving around alienation and loneliness brought on by consumerism and conventional gender stereotypes. Her latest show includes photographs of three new lightboxes tricked out as a ballroom, an art gallery and a library, as well as several early pieces that inspired her first, recently released film/musical, The Music of Regret.
Sperone Westwater, 415 W. 13th St., (212) 999-7337. Through June 30.