A leader of appropriation art in the late 1970s, Sherrie Levine most famously caused a stir with her work After Walker Evans (1981), for which she rephotographed Evans’s famous Depression-era images of poor sharecroppers and presented them as her own. Levine intended the work to question artistic authenticity and originality. Seeing it as copyright infringement, the estate of Walker Evans acquired the works to prevent them from being sold and later gave them to the Met. Now you can see those controversial photos and dozens more in the Whitney Museum’s first major survey of her work titled Sherrie Levine: Mayhem. The show includes her most famous pieces, such as La Fortune (After Man Ray) (1990), billiard tables designed to resemble the one in Man Ray’s surrealist 1938 painting La Fortune, as well as her more recent work as a sculptor.
Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: Nov. 10. Continues through Jan. 29, 2011