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Department of Tradeoffs: Missing Springsteen in Buffalo but catching Cindy Sherman in Manhattan

0-1In New York City for a few days on business, I knew there was one necessity: I had to see the exhibit of photographs by Cindy Sherman, that mistress of photographic disguise,  at the Museum of Modern Art.  I caught the show this morning, and found it spectacular.  Its images are not always pleasant -- in fact, at times, they are  distressing -- but Sherman's work is stunning in its ability to make you see the world differently afterwards.

It remains on view through early June, and for anyone interested in contemporary art and photography, it's a must-see.  It's also a perfect complement to the Albright-Knox's "Wish You Were Here" retrospective of the avant-garde art movement in 1970s Buffalo on display now at the gallery.

In last Sunday's Spotlight section, Buffalo News Art Critic Colin Dabkowski provided an insightful look at the MoMA show, along with an overview of the artist and her formative years at Hallwalls in Buffalo. Here's the link for those who may have missed the piece last weekend.  (The photo here shows the large-scale Sherman portraits that lead into the many rooms of the installation.)

Was getting to see the Cindy Sherman exhibit worth missing the Bruce Springsteen concert Friday night at Buffalo's First Niagara Center? Rave reports from friends who were there suggest that it was a landmark show.   Here's the review from today's Gusto Extra by News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers who says the show was transcendent and soul-enriching.  It's safe to say he raves about Friday night's experience.

And here's a brief story on the Buffalo show from the Newark Star-Ledger which follows its Jersey boy's progress closely.  Writer Stan Goldstein notes that that the Boss played three songs Friday night for the first time on the Wrecking Ball tour: "Rendezvous," "Mountain of Love" and "Point Blank."  

I may have missed a great night of rock 'n' roll, but through this Harry Scull photo gallery, I was able to feel almost as if I'd been there.

I've often yearned to be in two places at once, and this is just one more poignant example.

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