We're big fans of Lisa Marie Thalhammer's paintings and works on paper, so naturally we're interested in what turns her on. So we asked. The sculptures of Brooklyn artist Simone Leigh — at G Fine Art through Saturday — were her answer.

"Walk underneath a chandelier of breastlike terra cotta forms with gold tips and try not to let the antennas poke your eye out," Thalhammer raves. "The imminent extinction of analog television makes these antennas a timely found object inclusion, and transpose Leigh's ancestral vessel forms to present-day Western culture." She also urges visitors not to miss the clamped porcelain plantain piece in the gallery's back office.

"Queen Bee," Thalhammer says, makes a fine appetizer for the sculpture-heavy Louis Bourgeois retrospective opening at the Hirshhorn Museum at month's end. Works for us. While you're in the neighborhood, be sure to check out "Lifeguard," Thalhammer's joint exhibit with Decoy, across the street at 1506 14th St. NW.

If you go
"Simone Leigh: Queen Bee"
Where: G Fine Art, 1515 14 St. NW
When: Through Saturday
Info: Free; 202-462-1601; gfineartdc.com/gallery-info.cfm