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At Venus Over Manhattan, Ana Benaroya's New Work Invents Figures from Comics and Desire

Ana Benaroya thought there would be more baseball cards. Still, she’s satisfied with The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Baseball Cards from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick” exhibition, she says as we take a walk through the New York institution. Any new addition, especially one steeped in 1920s Americana, is a welcome inclusion to her childhood weekend haunt. And though Benaroya’s upbringing is enviably more “Temple of Dendur” than Legends of the Hidden Temple, she’d never pooh-pooh lowbrow entertainment. In between Saturday viewings of Mark Rothko paintings, she spent her weeknights at home in New Jersey plowing through her father’s comic books and collecting action figures.

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