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This year New York artist E. V. Day riffed on the idea of the blonde bombshell in two installations. For the Whitney Biennial, Day re-created the white halter-top dress that Monroe wore in the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch. Day portrayed it as if in midexplosion, with bits of fabric suspended in the air by a network of wires. The Whitney acquired the piece for its permanent collection. Meanwhile, over at the Chelsea gallery Henry Urbach Architecture, Day gave a similar treatment to a silver sequined sheath that resembled Monroe's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" gown.