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A Trip to the Museum

Five new art shows to check out this week.

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Darren Bader
Death by Audio; August 25 at 8 p.m.; 49 S. 2nd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Is Darren Bader is making good art, or is his show at P.s. 1 just a sappy, sentimental ploy to get you to love him? (Not that there’s all that much difference.) The exhibition includes a room containing three cats you can adopt, another where a woman is preparing salad, another where a live iguana is up for adoption (you can do it if you don’t live in New York City, where iguana-owning is unlawful), and another with two burritos on the windowsill and the opening blare of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” in an endless loop that leaves you on the edge of bursting into song. This is late-late-late post–Conceptual Relational Aesthetics. And it’s pretty darn fun, provocative, and satisfying.

Cindy Sherman
The Museum of Modern Art; Through 6/11; 11 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-708-9400
The renowned photographer gets a major retrospective, which encompasses everything from her groundbreaking “untitled film stills” (1977–80) through her more recent works.

John Chamberlain: Choices
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Through 5/13; 1071 Fifth Ave., at 89th St.; 212-423-3500
Nearly 100 works, ranging from the recently deceased artist’s earliest monochromatic welded iron-rod sculptures, to large-scale foil creations of his final years.

Vivian Girls
Death by Audio; August 25 at 8 p.m.; 49 S. 2nd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Vivian Girls
Death by Audio; August 25 at 8 p.m.; 49 S. 2nd St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn


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