10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before February 17


    Discussion: Agnes Gund and Wolfgang Laib at MoMA
    Wolfgang Laib, who has currently installed a square of pollen inside the Museum of Modern Art’s atrium, will discuss his installation and creative process with MoMA’s president emerita, Agnes Gund, in a conversation moderated by Ann Temkin, curator in the museum’s department of painting and sculpture. —Michael H. Miller
    Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, 6:30 p.m., tickets currently sold out but might become available at the museum

    Andra Ursuta, “Solitary Fitness,” at Venus Over Manhattan
    Our columnist Adam Lindemann invites the awesome Andra Ursuta uptown to do a show. Venus openings are always a blast, don’t miss it. —Dan Duray
    Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, Third Floor, New York, 8–11 p.m.

    Louis Eisner at Half Gallery
    Still Houser Louis Eisner opens Half Gallery’s new space uptown. Lots to like there. —D.D.
    Half Gallery, 43 East 78th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.


    Opening: “It’s Really Normaling: Brian Belott and Eric Hibit” at Greenwich House
    Messrs. Belott and Hibit are both color-mad, inexhaustibly inventive painters who regularly seem to be having much more fun than most other artists in this town. Who knows what pleasures they will offer in their two-person show? Arrive in sunglasses. —Andrew Russeth
    Greenwich House, 46 Barrow Street, New York, 6–9 p.m.

    Book Launch: Louise Lawler: October Files and Louise Lawler and/or Gerhard Richter at Metro Pictures
    The artist Louise Lawler, Helen Molesworth—the editor of Louise Lawler: October Files—and Tim Griffin, director of the Kitchen and essayist for another new Lawler book, Louise Lawler and/or Gerhard Richter, will celebrate their various publications.—M.H.M.
    Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, New York, 6–7:30 p.m.

    Opening: “Jack Smith: Wait for Me at the Bottom of the Pool” at Boo-Hooray
    Jonas Mekas and Johan Kugelberg offer up a trove of art, ephemera and photography by the indefinable, incomparable Jack Smith. —A.R.
    Boo-Hooray, 265 Canal Street, Sixth Floor, New York, 6–9 p.m.


    Opening: Wade Guyton and Stephen Prina at Petzel
    Each year for the past three years, Wade Guyton and Stephen Prina have presented a super-short-term show of collaborative paintings at Petzel. Mr. Guyton prints fours of his inkjet paintings—a different color each year—and Mr. Prina unleashes a long hit of spray paint on top of it. In addition, Joseph Logan makes a promotional poster that hints at the color of the next batch of paintings. (One wonders which lucky collectors gets to buy these beauties.) After Friday, the paintings will be removed. It’s a grand tradition, not to be missed. —A.R.
    Petzel, 456 West 18th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Art Party: Norte Maar’s Beat Nite
    Bushwick’s bi-annual art-walk-cum-bar-crawl is back. For this edition, event organizer Jason Andrew (founder of Norte Maar gallery and co-founder of Storefront gallery) is turning curatorial duties over to Julian Jimarez-Howard, who has selected 10 art spaces, five of which are new to the neighborhood (including his own Outlet Fine Art). The walkabout will culminate in a dance party at Bizarre, a cabaret venue. Check out a full list of participating galleries here. —Zoë Lescaze
    Various Spaces, Brooklyn, 6–10 p.m.


    Performance: Christopher Knowles at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
    The artist Christopher Knowles, currently the subject of a solo show at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, will perform at the gallery this Saturday. —M.H.M.
    Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, New York, 4-6 p.m.


    Panel and Opening: “Decenter: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show” at Abrons
    This show explores the legacy of the groundbreaking 1913 Armory Show, which famously introduced the world to Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase. It features Cory Arcangel, Tony Cokes, Douglas Coupland, David Kennedy Cutler, N. Dash, Michael Delucia, Jessica Eaton, Franklin Evans, Amy Feldman, Andrea Geyer, David Gilbert, Ethan Greenbaum, Gregor Hildebrandt, Butt Johnson, John Houck, Barbara Kasten, Andrew Kuo, Liz Magic Laser, Douglas Melini, Ulrike Mohr, Brenna Murphy, John Newman, Gabriel Orozco, Rafaël Rozendaal, Seher Shah, Travess Smalley and Sara VanDerBeek. —D.D.
    Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, panel: 4–6 p.m., reception: 6–8 p.m.