9 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before Feb. 12

  • WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8

    Tour: ArtWalk Chelsea: David Zwirner, Gagosian and Gladstone
    The American Federation for the Arts takes visitors on a tour of three exhibitions of three very different artists in Chelsea–Doug Wheeler, Damien Hirst and Shirin Neshat. –Michael H. Miller
    Meet at David Zwirner, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 4–6 p.m., $25 for AFA members, $35 for non-members.

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

    Opening: “Happenings” at the Pace Gallery
    Over 300 photographs document performance pieces from the movement, featuring work by Jim Dine, Simone Forti, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, Carolee Schneemann, and Robert Whitman. Sounds like a stellar tribute to a too-short movement, and you never know, someone may stage a be-in right at the opening. –Dan Duray
    The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Xaviera Simmons: “When You’re Looking at Me, You’re Looking at Country” at Guild Galleries
    The multi-media artist will debut and talk about her latest project, which involved giving free photographic portraits to community members at Fulton and Elliott-Chelsea Houses, at two simultaneous locations (she’ll be making appearances at both). –M.H.M.
    Guild Gallery II, 119 9th Avenue, New York, 5-6:30 p.m., and Hudson Guild Gallery, 441 West 26th Street, New York, 6-7:30 p.m.

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10

    Opening: Per-Oskar Leu, “Crisis and Critique,” at Triple Canopy
    Norwegian artist Per-Oskar Leu makes his U.S. debut with this hybrid video-sculpture installation, which includes a film that splices together iconic trial scenes from films like Fritz Lang’s M (1931) and Hangmen Also Die! (1943). A clue to the goings-on here is provided in a poster that has been printed for the 10-day exhibition: an English translation of Otto Freundlich’s 1931 essay “The Artist and the Economic Crisis.”
    Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, 7–9 p.m.

    Opening: Juergen Teller at Lehmann Maupin
    The photographer shows photos from three series, seductive pictures of Kristen McMenamy and Vivienne Westwood, then “Keys to the House,” which features his home in Suffolk, and then another series of portraits featuring Vivienne Westwood, William Eggleston and Teller’s own son. –D.D.
    Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York 6-8 p.m.

    Screening and Talk: Beatrix Ruf on Rosemarie Trockel at The Artist’s Institute
    Kunsthalle Zurich director Beatrix Ruf, who organized a Trockel show back in 2010, will screen and discuss the artist’s Wollfilm (1992)—that’s Wool Film—in which the a female torso is slowly exposed as the thread of a sweater is pulled. Space is limited, so arrive early to guarantee a seat. –A.R.
    The Artist’s Institute, 163 Eldridge Street, New York, 7 p.m.

    SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11

    Opening: André Saraiva, “Love Letters” at Half Gallery
    The baron of Le Baron and graffiti artist extraordinaire offers his first solo New York show, featuring love notes and French letter boxes that he used to paint in Paris. Not to be missed. –D.D.
    Half Gallery, 208 Forsyth Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Performance: Gerald Ferguson, “Choral Reading,” at Canada
    The late Canadian conceptual artist Gerald Ferguson’s Standard Corpus of Present Day English Language Usage Arranged By Word Length (1972) will be presented by a chorus of 26 performers, one for each letter of the alphabet. This is also a last chance to see Canada’s show of the artist’s paintings—his first in 40 years in New York—before it closes on Sunday. –A.R.
    Canada, 55 Chrystie Street, New York, 7 p.m.

    Performance: Clifford Owens: Anthology Performance at MoMA PS1
    As part of the artist’s first major museum retrospective, Mr. Owens will perform scores by Rico Gatson, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lorraine O’Grady and Kara Walker. –M.H.M.
    MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 3 p.m.

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