Richard Barnes: Animal Logic

Many photographers have a museum fetish. They like to reframe what others have put in a frame—and how that frame is made. Joseph Holmes did that recently in his “Underexposed” at Wall Space. Now Richard Barnes follows suit with “Animal Logic” (on view through Jan. 3). Perhaps best known for his New York Times Magazine shots of the Unabomber cabin, Barnes documented the process by which various natural-history museums assemble their lifelike dioramas and displays. Through his lens we see boxed animal statues, incomplete exhibit scenes, and construction workers amid wacky wilderness vistas. And his revealing images of these false realities are, appropriately enough, museum-ready. Howard House Gallery, 604 Second Ave., 256-6399, www.howardhouse.net. Free. 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m. JOSHUA LYNCH

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Nov. 7. Continues through Jan. 3, 2008

 
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