What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gallery Girls -- a reality show about twentysomethings trying to starting their careers in the competitive New York City art world -- has some blurred nudity, salty language ("ass," "hell," "p---y," with other words bleeped), and lots of catty behavior and petty arguing. Two of the cast members' boutique store, End of Century, is prominently featured, and Apple products are visible. Drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails, hard alcohol) is frequently visible during social events, and one of the cast members is a recovering drug addict; there are also scenes that show the women in various states of undress. It's not meant for tweens, but older teens should be able to handle it.
What's the story?
In GALLERY GIRLS, seven twentysomething women navigate the competitive New York City art world. Viewers meet experienced gallery intern Amy Poliakoff, model/freelance photographer Angela Pham, part-time art intern Kerri Lisa, ambitious intern Maggie Schaffer, and Liz Margulies, who was born into the art world as the daughter of a world-renowned collector. Rounding out the cast are Chantal Chadwick and Claudia Martinez Reardon, best friends who are living in Brooklyn while trying to launch a boutique/gallery on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Breaking into New York's cutthroat art scene is definitely challenging, but the women network through gallery openings, art shows, and other events in hopes of meeting the right people, showing off their talents, and having a good time.
Is it any good?
Gallery Girls offers viewers a voyeuristic glimpse into a unique community that's defined and divided by distinct views about art, fashion, and even different New York neighborhoods. It also shows how these up-and-coming members of this community are struggling to earn a living but somehow still manage to enjoy a standard of living that allows them to make the most of everything New York City has to offer.
It's interesting, but it also has plenty of the petty exchanges and catty behavior that we've come to expect from these sort of reality shows. It also reveals many of the existing stereotypes that people in New York perpetuate about each other. It's not intended for younger viewers, but teens and adults may find it a fascinating guilty pleasure.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about art. What or who defines what is artistic? What kinds of things does a gallery owner and/or art dealer have to know and do to be successful?
What other jobs can people have in the art world? Do you think Gallery Girls offers a realistic portrayal of what it's like to work in the field?
Why? Where do the stereotypes discussed in this show about the kinds of people who live outside of Manhattan come from? Is characterizing people like this appropriate? How does the media contribute to these generalizations?