In the midst of Chelsea’s gallery glut, Julie Trotta has carved out a big reputation for curating intellectually expansive shows in an 80-square-foot former utility closet. Now, Trotta and co-curator Glynnis McDaris are taking over a whole house for God Is in the Details, opening November 2. The 14 artists Trotta and McDavis have enlisted to fill a historic (and alledgedly haunted) New Orleans Victorian mansion keep their ambitions scaled down with work that focuses on, as the title of the show suggests, details. So Liz Goldwyn’s photograph of a vibrant young nude wearing a string of animal vertebrae like a rope of pearls down her back takes a small part of each of us and makes it represent the fragility of everyone’s life as a whole. Also employing an accessory to showstopping effect, Gloria Maximo creates elaborate ornate paintings using nail polish. And Ruben Cox’s photographs of romantic plumes of smoke leave the origins of the fire unspecified, while making clear all that we need to know—this show is smokin’.