A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: an evening of performances to send off Rachel Feinstein's Public Art Fund show at Madison Square Park; a series of dance performances by Trajal Harrell at MoMA, with a view into his working practices; a screening at the Guggenheim of films by Julio Hernández Cordón and the duo of Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere; and a screening of a 1986 faux documentary by Charles Atlas at Luhring Augustine Bushwick.
Wednesday Sept. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Rachel Feinstein's The Last Days of Folly
Rachel Feinstein's sculpture exhibition at Madison Square Park (through Sept. 7) will end with an evening of performances by nearly two dozen invited guests, among them My Barbarian; Sofia Coppola; Kalup Linzy with Mike Jackson; Molly Lowe; Angela McCluskey and Paul Cantelon; Shana Moulton with Nick Hallett and Daisy Press; Tony Oursler and Constance DeJong; Cynthia Rowley; and Proenza Schouler. Coppola will choreograph a dance performance by six young ballerinas; Oursler and DeJong offer a video inspired by Oursler's childhood sailing trips on the Hudson River; Rowley has created a "fountain dress" for a model to wear in the reflecting pool at the north end of the park.
Madison Square Park, 23rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues
Thursday, Sept. 4, 10:30 a.m.
Trajal Harrell: In one step are a thousand animals
Choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell has for years been researching Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-1986), a pioneer of butoh, an extreme form of dance that arose in Japan after World War II. In one step are a thousand animals kicks off two days of three-hour sessions "in which he will offer insights into his working methods, inviting participation from internationally renowned musicians, composers, DJs, singers, and dancers."
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
Friday, Sept. 5, 1:00 p.m.
Screening: Musical Mayhem
A homeless marimba player and a pioneer of Guatemalan heavy metal music team up in director Julio Hernández Cordón's 2010 comedy Marimbas from Hell. Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere's six-minute Touching from a Distance (2008) "toys with the idea of the fragmentation of public space to the rhythms of mariachi music." The screening is part of the film series "Tropical Uncanny: Latin American Tropes and Mythologies," in conjunction with the exhibition "Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today."
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.
Saturday, Sept. 6, 7:30 p.m.
Screening, Charles Atlas: Hail the New Puritan
Charles Atlas's 85-minute film imagines a day in the life of Scottish dancer/choreographer Michael Clark. Production design is by legendary performance artist Leigh Bowery, who also appears. Mark E. Smith and Brix Smith of English post-punk masters The Fall make an appearance in a faux interview; avant-garde composer Glenn Branca is also featured on the soundtrack.
Luhring Augustine Bushwick, 25 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn