8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before April 23

  • MONDAY, APRIL 16

    Gala: The Art Production Fund
    We’re generally of the opinion that if your party’s already furnished with a mechanical bull and a full-service barbecue, you don’t need much else. And yet, the Art Production Fund went above and beyond, filling its fundraiser with artists as well. The party honors artist Kiki Smith, art advisor Mark Fletcher and Sotheby’s Tobias Meyer. Also to be in attendance: Samantha Boardman and Aby Rosen, Linda Evangelista and Peter Morton, and Rachel Feinstein and John Currin. —Dan Duray
    330 West Street, New York, 7 p.m., $500

    TUESDAY, APRIL 17

    Gala: Public Art Fund
    During this evening of artists, projects, installations and happenings, take in artist projects by Alex Hubbard, Rob Pruitt and Ohad Meromi. While dinner starts at 8 p.m., you’ll have an opportunity before hand to preview the silent auction with works by Elmgreen & Dragset, Jenny Holzer, Paul McCarthy, Alex Katz and Ryan McGuinness among many others. —Rozalia Jovanovic
    Skylight Soho, 275 Hudson Street, New York, 6:30 p.m., $250

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18

    Gala: The Brooklyn Museum
    The museum home to Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party will host its own party not to be forgotten, a celebration of women who celebrate art—and also those who fund it. A handful of female artists have been chosen to make unique creations for the tables, and W magazine hosts the after party. —D.D.
    Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. $750.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 19

    Opening: Hunter Reynolds, “Butur,” at P.P.O.W.
    For his debut show at P.P.O.W., Hunter Reynolds will present a body of work spanning more than 20 years. Included are photographs of his performances as his alter ego, Patina du Prey, taken by Maxine Henryson, beginning in the early 1990s, as well as ornate and intimate new collages made from acrylic, paper and thread. –Andrew Russeth
    P.P.O.W. Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    FRIDAY APRIL 20

    Performance: Tamy Ben-Tor at Zach Feuer Gallery
    Artist Tamy Ben-Tor will stage a live performance at Zach Feuer Gallery in conjunction with her new show there, which focuses on four new video works. Expect incitement, stereotypes and some controversy–as is often the case with Ms. Ben-Tor’s work. —Michael H. Miller
    Zach Feuer Gallery, 548 West 22nd Street, New York 4 p.m.

    Opening: Martha Rosler “Cuba, January 1981″ at Mitchell, Innes & Nash
    Mitchel, Innes & Nash presents photographs by Martha Rosler taken on a trip to Cuba that was organized by Ana Mendieta and Lucy Lippard in 1981. The work has never before been exhibited. Incidentally, Ms. Rosler will be honored at the Brooklyn Museum’s annual gala on Wednesday. —M.H.M.
    Mitchell, Innes & Nash 534 West 26th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Carol Salmanson and Stephen Truax at Storefront Bushwick
    Carol Salmanson, who trained as a painter, takes the painterly concern with light as medium to a new level, directly incorporating it into the surface of her work. Her wall pieces create depth and space using LEDs, plastics and wire. While that’s in the front room, in the project space, see Stephen Truax’s vibrant geometric paintings created from overlapping layers of color in gouache, pencil and stretched paper. —R.J.
    Storefront Bushwick, 16 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn, 6-9 p.m.

    SUNDAY, APRIL 22

    Opening: “Bill Bollinger: The Retrospective,” at SculptureCenter
    After a grand tour of European museums in Edinburgh, Scotland; Liechtenstein; and Karlsruhe, Germany, curator Christiane Meyer-Stoll’s Bill Bollinger retrospective finally arrives in the artist’s hometown. Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Bollinger was one of New York’s most promising young sculptors in the late 1960s and early 1970s, making work out of industrial materials like chain-link fencing, metal pipes, graphite and plastic tubes. Roberta Smith has written that his work addressed “the challenge of getting sculpture up off the ground in the wake of Carl Andre’s emphatic flattening of the medium.” Despite being included in many of the landmark post-minimalist shows of the era and a well-reviewed blowout at the Starrett-Lehigh Building (now home to Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, among other enterprises) in 1970 (“At first hopelessly arcane and nondescript, Bollinger’s work becomes cogent and fascinating when one begins to catch on to it,” Peter Schjeldahl wrote of it in The New York Times), Bollinger disappeared from public view after the mid 1970s and died in obscurity in 1988. A handful of curators and gallerists (Mitchell Algus salvaged some works from a field in upstate New York for a 2007 show) have helped revive his reputation, identifying him as a potent antecedent to artists like Carol Bove, Daniel Turner and Oscar Tuazon. –A.R.
    SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, 5–7  p.m.