WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Event: “Public Storage Blues” with Anthony Haden-Guest
The so-and-sos at Public Storage sold Anthony Haden-Guest’s 34-year accumulation of papers, books, art, music and clothes and everyone’s favorite arts writer has decided to fight City Hall with a little help from John Perry Barlow, Richard Kaplan, Peter & Nejma Beard, Mary McFadden, Christo, Jay McInerney, Anne Hearst, Michele Oka Doner, Tim Hunt, Edwina Sandys, Tama Janowitz, Whit Stillman, George Wayne and Michael Zilkha. Sure to be a fundraiser to remember. John Cale is set to do “something but isn’t quite sure what!” —Dan Duray
The Hiro Ball Room, 88 Ninth Avenue, New York, 7:30 to 12 p.m., $30
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Talk: “The Ungovernables”: Artists Q&A at the New Museum
The day after Eungie Joo’s triennial opens to the public, the curator will sit down with more than 20 artists in the show to discuss their work together. Simply given the numbers involved, this should be an event to remember. —Andrew Russeth
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m., $8
Opening: “The Virgins Show” at Family Business
This group show at Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni’s new space, curated by Marilyn Minter, features artists like Patty Chang, Laurel Nakadate and Mika Rottenberg. Don’t you want to see how everyone in the art world fits into a 125-square-foot space? The Virgins, the band, play the afterparty. —D.D.
Family Business, 520 West 21st Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Lecture: Paul Chan, “On Not Working,” at SVA
Paul Chan was planning to take a break from making work for a little bit, but accidentally ended up making some paintings. He talks about that peculiar development in this talk, presented by SVA’s Critical Theory and the Arts program. [This lecture has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m.] —A.R.
School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21st Street, New York,
Opening: Will Ryman, “Anyone and No One,” at Paul Kasmin Gallery
Make sure you swing by to see this large-scale installation, which stretches across the gallery’s two locations. A giant man made partially out of construction boots and with a paintbrush maze for a brain wraps around the 10th Avenue space, while in the former Bungalow 8 space, the artist has constructed a giant bird made of nails. DIY gone surreal. —D.D.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 10th Avenue & 515 West 27th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Yinka Shonibare, MBE, “Addio del Passato,” at James Cohan Gallery
New sculptures, photos and the premiere of a new film from the artist, who has turned his attention to Horatio Nelson for this show, with “Fake Death Pictures” and a film about his estranged wife. The artist has been a Turner Prize finalist and has also received the prestigious Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square, home to Nelson’s column. —D.D.
James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Opening: Charles Atlas, “The Illusion of Democracy,” at Luhring Augustine
The moment has finally arrived. Luhring Augustine arrives in Bushwick this Friday, and is doing so in high style, with an exhibition by filmmaker Charles Atlas, who’s in this year’s Whitney Biennial. The show features two video installations making their New York debut, plus a new work. —A.R.
Luhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 6–9 p.m.
Opening: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at Invisible-Exports
The relentlessly inventive former Throbbing Gristle member returns for her second one-person show at Invisible-Exports. According to the news release, the works are “conceived to be a kind of ‘inter-dimensional’ collaboration between the material and the immaterial world.” Should be great. —A.R.
Invisible-Exports, 14A Orchard Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.