8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 25

  • TUESDAY, MAY 22

    Party: The Party in the Garden at MoMA

    Last year Kanye West went gorillas in the garden, this year it’s Santigold’s turn. Don’t be surprised if Balzac starts dancing. —Dan Duray
    Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 7 p.m., after party at 9 p.m., tickets start at $150.

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

    Opening: “Common Ground” at Public Art Fund
    The Public Art Fund’s latest show in City Hall Park brings together 10 artists (11, if you count Messrs. Elmgreen & Dragset separately), including Thomas Schütte, Jenny Holzer and Amalia Pica, who play with, twist apart and radically transmogrify the operation of traditional public sculpture, which (PAF’s release notes) typically involves “a clear civic purpose.” To wit, there will be a giant inflatable ketchup bottle by Paul McCarthy, as well as a concrete Laocoön by Justin Matherly, who was a standout at Frieze New York. Leave work early. A performance arrives at 5:45 p.m. —Andrew Russeth
    City Hall Park, bordered by Broadway, Chambers Street, Centre Street and Park Row, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

    Talk: Michael Findlay and Veronique Chagnon-Burke on “The Value of Art,” at NYPL
    Michael Findlay, director of Acquavella Galleries and author of The Value of Art, speaks to Véronique Chagnon-Burke, director of studies at Christie’s Education, about his new book. Mr. Findlay and Ms. Chagnon-Burke will explore the history and the present state of the art market in a discussion and a Q&A session with the audience. —Rozalia Jovanovic
    New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6 p.m.

    Party: The Kitchen Gala at Capitale
    Come early for the dinner with performances by David Cossin, Jason Moran and Shara Worden. Stay for the D.J. set by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy. Rarely do good causes and fun parties intersect so perfectly. —D.D.
    Capitale, 130 Bowery at Grand Street, New York, 6 p.m., after party at 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $500/$75 for the after party.

    THURSDAY, MAY 24

    Screening: The Triptych at the Brooklyn Museum
    Afro-Punk Pictures and the Weeksville Heritage Center present The Triptych, which focuses on the work of artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu and Barron Claiborne. A live Q&A will follow the screening. —Michael H. Miller
    Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn 7 p.m., $12, www.museumtix.com

    Book Signing: David Benjamin Sherry, “Quantum Light,” at Salon 94
    David Benjamin Sherry, who currently has a show up at Salon 94 on the Lower East Side through June 2, will be at the gallery’s Freeman Alley space signing Quantum Light, his second monograph. –M.H.M.
    Salon 94, 1 Freeman Alley, New York, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

    Talk: Lisa Yuskavage and Norman Kleeblatt on “Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940″ at the Jewish Museum
    Mr. Kleeblatt, consulting curator on the Jewish Museum’s current Vuillard show, and Ms. Yuskavage discuss Vuillard’s enduring influence. According to the museum, the artist was quite an influence on Ms. Yuskavage’s early work and remains “a constant reference…in her choices regarding composition, color and subject matter.” —A.R.
    Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m., $15

    Presentation: Constant Dullaart, “Terms of Service,” at New Museum
    As part of the “New Silent” series, organized by departing Rhizome director Lauren Cornell, Constant Dullaart comes to the New Museum to premiere a new series of work responding to the Terms of Service conditions recently employed by several Internet services. Mr. Dullaart publicly interacts with manipulated versions of previously existing online spaces, and in that way recontextualizes ways of dealing with representation. —R.J.
    New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m.