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A chair from the collection of Robert McNamara, deconstructed by Vietnamese-born artist Danh Vo. The object is part of the show "Mother Tongue," on view through April 27 at Marian Goodman Gallery. Photographer: Lili Rosboch/Bloomberg

April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Since the 1970s, James Turrell has been using the Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in Arizona’s Painted Desert, for an unusual work of art.

The show “Roden Crater and Autonomous Structures,” at Pace Gallery’s midtown location, features six beautifully realized bronze-and-plaster models of different spaces inside the crater. There are also photographs, including an aerial shot taken from the artist’s plane.

Several of Turrell’s “Autonomous Structures,” finely rendered white geometric forms that invite viewers to experience light in different ways, are also on view.

Prices are $7,500 to $100,000. Through April 20 at 32 E. 57th St.; +1-212-421-3292; http://www.pacegallery.com.

Here are a few more stops on the midtown-Manhattan gallery stroll. Have lunch at BG, Bergdorf Goodman’s seventh-floor restaurant, and try the roasted cauliflower or lobster salad.

Galerie St. Etienne: Expressionists portray themselves and others, with Max Beckman depicted in profile wearing a bolero hat. Other artists include Gustav Klimt, Emil Nolde and George Grosz in a show titled “Face Time: Self and Identity in Expressionist Portraiture.” Prices are $5,000 to $200,000. Through June 28 at 24 W. 57th St.; +1-212-245-6734; http://www.gseart.com.

Happy Retirees

Howard Greenberg Gallery: Jewish retirees in Miami’s South Beach of the 1980s are the focus of Gay Block’s photographs. There are women smoking or wearing flashy sunglasses, colorful couples, friends in matching outfits. Prices are $1,800 to $2,200. In the adjacent room hang 20 works by postwar photographer and artist William Klein. Prices are $14,000 to $105,000. Through April 27 at 41 E. 57th St.; +1-212-334-0010; http://www.howardgreenberg.com/#home.

Marian Goodman Gallery: Vietnamese-born artist Danh Vo’s “Mother Tongue” focuses on a collection of Defense Secretary Robert McNamara’s personal effects that Vo bought at a Sotheby’s auction and transformed. A chair morphs into its wooden frame while the seat-cushion’s stuffing becomes an objet elsewhere. Also on view is the menu for a White House dinner that McNamara would have attended on Nov. 25, 1963. The gallery won’t disclose prices. Through April 27 at 24 W. 57th St.; +1-212-581-5187; http://www.mariangoodman.com.

Pink Shoe

Mary Boone Gallery: “Empire Descending a Staircase” features a new series by Joe Zucker. The American artist paints broken Doric columns in neutral shades on the quarter-inch square grids he arranges on gypsum boards. The watercolors are all priced at $75,000. Through April 27 at 745 Fifth Ave.; +1-212-752-2929; http://www.maryboonegallery.com.

McKee Gallery: Twenty-five drawings and paintings are on view in “Philip Guston: A Centennial Exhibition.” A gigantic pink shoe fills one of the canvases, which span the years 1964 to 1980. The gallery won’t disclose prices. Through April 20 at 745 Fifth Ave.; +1-212-688-5951; http://mckeegallery.com.

(Lili Rosboch writes for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are her own.)

Muse highlights include Jeremy Gerard on theater, Mike Di Paola on the environment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Lili Rosboch in New York at erosboch2@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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