The White Album

143 Orchard Street. 212 533 4670
Opens: 01/11/13, Closes: 02/22/13

We may think we can be unfazed by any juxtaposition of artefacts a Lower East Side gallery throws at us, but this curio historic group show at Louis B. James on the theme of work inspired by, or relating to, Joan Didion’s classic essay, The White Album, actually treats viewers to a courtroom doodle by Susan Atkins, Sharon Tate’s Manson Family murderer, who died in captivity in 2009. The court had given Atkins drawing materials to keep her quiet after various outbursts. Her mildly outsiderish squiggles are sandwiched here by more innocently playful mark making from Nora Griffin and David Hammons. The show is curated by David Fierman and Amie Scally. DAVID COHEN