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"Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art" at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park Credit: A detail from "Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art"

‘Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art’
If creepy-crawlies really bug you — Ha! Get it? — this might be a good way to get over your fear and get up close and personal with a bunch of insects. “Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art” features the works of 11 contemporary artists who offer up their personal views on the importance of insects through various forms of art, focusing on the beauty of color and form that various bugs represent, as well as their unique behaviors and environmental significance — insects play critical roles in urban farming, gardening and in our ecosystem. An opening reception will be held Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. and the exhibit runs through Nov. 13 at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park. (Opening Thursday night, 6-8 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., FREE, Arsenal Gallery, 830 Fifth Ave., at 64th St., third fl., 212-360-8163, nycgovparks.org)

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‘Original Sin: In the Garden of Eden’
What would creation myths and tales look and sound like if Adam and Eve met in contemporary society? Members of New York-based artist collective Awakening the Optic (ATO) seek to provide their interpretation of the answer to that question in a new exhibit opening Friday at Mayson Gallery, “Original Sin: In the Garden of Eden.” ATO looks to take apart and rethink the stories that ground much of Western society and showcase what the world could look like if those stories emphasized different values and ideas. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through Oct. 19. (Opens Friday, Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., FREE, Mayson Gallery, 254 Broome St., 917-575-5972, maysongallery.com)
 

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