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Chapel of Sacred Mirrors
Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun-Mon, closed
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C, E at 23rd St.
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Opened in 2003 by artist Alex Grey and his wife, Allyson, the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors is an acid trip of an art gallery. A spacey soundtrack of ambient music sets the mood in the five-room, fourth-floor space, which houses 50 trippy figurative paintings by the former Harvard medical illustrator. One room is draped with 19 life-sized portraits; another is filled with vibrant images both coital and fetal. Throughout are shrines of a vaguely spiritual nature and walls etched with mantras such as, "Every moment is an opportunity for love and transformation." So are these people really on drugs? Most definitely. The Greys readily admit that many of the works, and even the idea for the sanctuary itself, were conceived while they were under the influence of hallucinogens. The gift shop—sample book title: "Tripping: An Anthology of True-Life Psychedelic Adventures" —confirms as much.