This Week in Art Openings: Women, Women and More Women!

Mary Logan Barmeyer

Just in time for the closing of WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at P.S.1, comes another round of women-related art exhibits.

Laurie Simmons, “In and Around the House”

Simmons produced this seminal body of work from 1976 to 1978, at the height of an era when female artists were starting a new dialogue in contemporary art. Associated with both the strategy of cultural memory used by the Pictures Generation -- Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Louise Lawler -- and the surrealism of Man Ray, Rodchenko, Bellmer and Gordon Matta Clark, she puts on a show of black-and-white photographic vignettes of perfectly domestic dolls in a dollhouse. Ironic and seemingly serene and safe, these Stepford Wives-esque scenes may still strike a chord, as they did with many when they were shot.

Carolina Nitsch Project Room, 534 W. 22nd St., (212) 645-2030. Opening reception May 16, 5-7 p.m. Through June 28.

Lisa Dahl, Susan Hamburger, Margaret Murphy, "Dwell"

Another seductively-sweet-but-actually-not-made-of-sugar exhibition comes from three women with a knack for lavish interiors and armed with a sharp-witted view of society's dirty truths -- namely, exorbitant consumerism and an obsession with status and faulty politics. Traditional-style paintings touching on current events and pop culture focus on the home as a scene that reflects these unfortunate truths, gleaming and perfectly polished as if a domestic diva just swept through. Images of homes that ordinarily might make you covetous -- a lovely, probably overdone garden, say -- here might make you reconsider your envy ("Who would pay so much for landscaping? They must be trying to show up their neighbor," you'll say.).

Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, 1287 Madison Ave., (212) 722-1144. Opening reception May 16, 6-8 p.m. Through June 21.

"EU Women US"

Having toured all over the E.U. since 2006, this European group exhibition makes its American debut with a slight variation, this time including works by artists working in the U.S. Véronique Bourgoin, French artist, curator, videographer and musical crony, directs this photographic exhibit with a pithy objective: "Our subject is women and our goal is photography." Don't miss the opening, with a live show featuring the all-femme band The Hole Garden and a fashion-show-style performance, with shoes by La Chaussure.

Ideal Glass Gallery, 22 E. Second St., (212) 598-9600. Opening reception May 16, 7-9 p.m. Through June 13.

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