10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before February 15

  • MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10

    Opening: “Other People’s Paintings” at Torrance Shipman
    This sounds like a nice group show. Check out this artist list: Erin Dunn, Austin Eddy, Amanda Friedman, Nora Griffin, MacGregor Harp, Shara Hughes, Anthony Iacono, Nikki Maloof and Laura Westby. Matthew Fischer is curating. —A.R.
    Torrance Shipman, 219 36th Street, Brooklyn, 7–10 p.m.

    Screening & Discussion: Isaac Julien at MoMA 
    Have you seen Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves in the atrium? Have you seen the films being shown because of Ten Thousand Waves in the atrium? Well, tonight you can do these things (and more!) as Mr. Julien will be in conversation with Harvard scholar Guiliana Bruno following screenings of This Is Not an AIDs Advertisement (1987) and Looking for Langston (1989). —Z.L.
    Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, films at 5 p.m., talk at 7 p.m., tickets here

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

    Opening: Margaret Lee at Jack Hanley Gallery
    The artist and co-owner of the 47 Canal gallery will debut new work in a show called “Closer to Right Than Wrong/Closer to Wrong Than Right.” —Michael H. Miller
    Jack Hanley Gallery, 327 Broome Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: “t,o,u,c,h,i,n,g” at Robert Blumenthal
    Collector Robert Blumenthal inaugurates his new Upper East Side gallery with a group show organized by the artist Patrick Walsh III, whose nom de guerre is JPW3. Hot artist list on this one: Ryan Foerster, Sayre Gomez, Gavin Kenyon, Sam Moyer, Sean Townley and JPW3. —Andrew Russeth
    Robert Blumenthal Gallery, 1045 Madison Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Screenings: Matthew Barney’s “River of Fundament” at BAM
    Matthew Barney’s new movie! All week! Mailer! Egypt! Brooklyn! 5.5 hours! Two intermissions! —Dan Duray
    BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, February 12-16, 7 p.m., $20

    Opening: Charles Harlan at Venus Over Manhattan
    “Upon arriving at Venus Over Manhattan, visitors will be greeted by Harlan’s 10-foot roll-down gate, a barrier to circumnavigate to a new world. The gallery’s main space is enclosed, in Harlan’s words, ‘in an endless wall of corrugated steel’ that runs parallel to the perimeter walls, without any doors or windows offering access to what lies within the structure. The unbroken wall creates a corridor that beckons one forward but leads inevitably back to where the journey begins. With only two and a half feet of distance between Harlan’s steel wall and the sheet rock envelope of the gallery, visitors must pass through a cramped channel and, in turn, mixed emotions and sensations.” Based on the book <em>The Descent of the Goddess Ishtar Into the Lower World.</em> —D.D.
    Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13

    Opening: Loren Munk, “You Are Here” at Freight + Volume
    “The paintings in ‘You Are Here’ are vibrant maps depicting a moment in history, and they tackle the subject of art itself through an historical and diagrammatic lens. When talking about his interest in maps Munk explains, ‘Well, in brief, I was a boy scout and we had to learn to read maps when we went camping so as not to get lost. Later, while serving in the Army in Germany, I was tasked with training soldiers to read maps so they could plot nuclear fallout.’ For Munk, maps equate survival, the ability to know where one is, and the capability to survey an environment.” Should be great/crazy. —D.D.
    Freight + Volume, 530 West 24th Street, New York, 6-9 p.m.

    Screening & Discussion: Laure Prouvost at the New Museum
    Artist Laure Prouvost, whose first U.S. solo show is up now, will talk with assistant curator Margot Norton following a screening of her films. —Z.L.
    New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m., $8

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

    Exhibition: “A Collective Invention: Photographs at Play” at the Morgan
    The Morgan Library will debut their new photography department with this show that explores the “many ways of interpreting a photograph.” —M.H.M.
    Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, gallery hours

    Opening: Rose Marcus at Know More Games
    This is on Valentine’s Day, and I cannot think of a better way to woo a lover (or meet a new one) than to attend the opening of the latest solo show from Rose Marcus, which presents, according to the gallery, “a series of images from three sites that all function doubly as information broadcasting towers: Empire State Building, One World Trade and the storefront at Know More Games.” —A.R.
    Know More Games, 561 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, 7–10 p.m.