Joseph Holmes: Underexposed

Joseph Holmes might’ve looked like any other tourist at New York’s American Museum of Natural History, but in reality he was shooting them. A self-described street photographer, Holmes captured his species’ interactions with historical dioramas depicting a prehuman Earth in his exhibit “Underexposed” (through Nov. 8). His scenes are surreal and wacky. It often seems that the animals are aware of their visitors. While the latter are nothing more than silhouettes to us (thanks to the museum’s no-flash-photography rule), Holmes’ images grant an intimate understanding of homo sapiens’ curiosity. Wall Space Gallery, 600 First Ave., 330-9137, Free. 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. JOSHUA LYNCH

Tuesdays-Fridays. Starts: Oct. 21. Continues through Nov. 8, 2008