Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, films at 5 p.m., talk at 7 p.m.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m., $8
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Panel: The Work of Harvey Quaytman at McKee
Superstar alert! To mark the publication of Phaidon’s new monograph for the excellent hard-edged abstractionist Harvey Quaytman (1937–2002), art historian Dore Ashton, critic and artist Phong Bui and artist R. H. Quaytman (the painter’s daughter) unite to discuss his work. Should be a great one. —Andrew Russeth
McKee Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue, #400, New York, 6 p.m.
Opening: Red Grooms, “Beware a Wolf in the Alley” at Marlborough
Red Grooms is having his first show at the gallery’s Broome Street location, recreating the massive “sculpto-pictorama The Alley (1984-5) and showing the 16mm film Little Red Riding Hood. His former assistant, the artist Tom Burckhardt who helped create the original installation, recalls: “The Alley is a portrait of the gritty, dodgy and perhaps unsafe city that has largely disappeared, and it captures the threatening sense of the city at the time. We had nick names for all the old school bums that inhabited the street outside the studio: There was ‘Jackson Pollock,’ always scabbed and beat up, ‘The Shouter’ a Chinese guy apparently with Turret’s Syndrome, and ‘Captain Ahab’ with one leg shorter that the other.” Here’s to nostalgia for the bad old days. —Zoë Lescaze
Marlborough Broome Street , 331 Broome Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Brad Troemel, “Freedom Lights Our World (Glow)” at Zach Feuer
Internet-famous artist Brad Troemel, a co-founder of the web art project Jogging, will have his first solo show at Zach Feuer. —Michael H. Miller
Zach Feuer Gallery, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Kon Trubkovich, “Snow” at Marianne Boesky
Kon Trubkovich’s third solo show at Marianne Boesky explores memory, family history and edited VHS footage from throughout the artist’s own life. —M.H.M.
Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Pat Steir at Cheim & Read
Following Lynda Benglis’ great show of abstract sculptures comes a new suite of abstract paintings from her contemporary Pat Steir, who’s known for mixing pigment, oil and turpentine and allowing them to drip down large canvases in snaky drips and tendrils. —Z.L.
Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Exhibition: “Italian Futurism, 1909–1944” at the Guggenheim
It’s finally here, America’s first-ever complete look at the history of Futurism, the multifarious, multidisciplinary avant-garde movement that emerged in Italy in 1909 and ran in various forms for more more than three decades (though one rarely hears about it after its glory days during and immediately after World War I). It’s a tale of manifestos, fascism, and all sorts of wild events. Can’t wait. Pictured is Giacomo Balla’s Abstract Speed + Sound (Velocità astratta + rumore) (1913–14). —A.R.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Opening: Michel François at Bortolami
Details available above and below. —Dan Duray
520 W 20th Street, 6 to 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Conference: Rhizome’s This is the ENDD: The E-Cigarette in Context at The New Museum
I’m going to this. Here is what is on the agenda:
“-Lecture performance by Mathew Dryhurst & Brian Rogers delving into the history of the e-cigarette
-Art critic Orit Gat discusses the vape shop experience and its relationship to the Apple Store
-Video intervention by Kathik Pandian recreating 1980 interview with Jean-Luc Godard on The Dick Cavett Show
-Customizable, interactive digital smoking room on Rhizome’s website by Pinar & Viola
-#VapeCru mixtape by Aaron David Ross (Gatekeeper), Holly Herndon, & others attempting to form a new style of ‘music to vape to'” —D.D.
The New Museum, 235 Bowery, 3 p.m.
Opening: Judy Linn at Features Inc.
Hudson’s last show! —D.D.
131 Allen St., 6 to 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23
Opening: “Thomas Kovachevich: 2013” at Callicoon
The first two parts of a Thomas Kovachevich trinity open this evening at Callicoon’s Forsyth space and its brand-new one on Delancey. (Part three hits Show Room in Gowanus on Feb. 28.) Mr. Kovachevich, who will present work made in the last year, is a master of sculptures and installations that use the humblest of materials (a bit of plastic, maybe some tape) to create bewitching visual effects. Sometimes they’re designed to subtly change with their environment, which is when things get really interesting. It’s hard to explain, but easy to love, and not to be missed. (Pictured is 2012’s Alpenglow, made with gummed paper packing tape.) —A.R.
Callicoon Fine Arts, 49 Delancey Street and 124 Forsyth Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Opening and Performance: “Rachel Mason: Starseeds” at Envoy
The irrepressible, iconoclastic Rachel Mason presents her first full-on solo show at Envoy, which will feature a “new series of sculptures, Mason’s original music and a video installation in the project room,” according to the gallery. I’d recommend heading over to Envoy’s website right now to read her intriguing statement about the show. It begins, “I am a Starseed.” —A.R.
Envoy Enterprises, 87 Rivington Street, New York, 4–6 p.m., performance at 7 p.m.
Exhibition: Robert Janitz, “Stick Shift Heaven” at Team Gallery
German-born artist Robert Janitz will present a group of big, brushy abstract paintings characterized by streaks of roughly applied paint, and portraits that show only the back of the subjects’ heads. —Z.L.
Team Gallery, 83 Grand Street, Street, New York, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Update, Feb. 21: An earlier version of this post incorrectly listed the first day of Robert Janitz’s exhibition at Team. It opens Sunday.