calvino in new orleans 

“In short, this is a place that would make you shoot yourself; the only thing to do is act like the Italian professor at the local university, a young man called Cecchetti, about whom I have no idea whether he’s any good as a literary critic, and who in his opinions is very conservative (‘I would not send my children to school with black kids, but not for racial reasons, you know, only for social reasons: the blacks all belong to the lower classes’), but he is someone who does the only intelligent thing to be done to justify the fact of living in America: he plays the stock exchange. Spending the mornings at the local branch of Merrill Lynch, Fenner, Pierce and Smith, following on the ticker-tape the dealings on the New York stock exchange, the fluctuations on the electronic noticeboard, studying the right moment for buying and selling, with the tele-printer in the room displaying the latest news on which to base your dealings, studying the ups and downs of all the major American firms, reading the Wall Street Journal the minute it arrives, that is the only way to live the life of a big capitalistic country in a way that is not passive, it is in fact the real democratic aspiration of America, because even if it does not give you any chance of influencing events, other than speculation on the financial markets, nevertheless it keeps you plugged into the mechanism in its most advanced and active area, and requires constant attention – in this country of frighteningly local and provincial interests – to the whole system.”

(Italo Calvino, “American Diary 1959–1960,” in Hermit in Paris: Autobiographical Writings.)

september 1–15, 2016

Books

  • Philip K. Dick, Eye in the Sky
  • Philip K. Dick, The Game-Players of Titan
  • Philip K. Dick, Dr. Bloodmoney Or How We Got Along after the Bomb
  • Angela Carter, The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
  • Halldór Laxness, Under the Glacier, translated by Magnus Magnusson
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Primitive
  • Nicholson Baker, The Fermata
  • Terre Thaemlitz, Nuisance: Writings on Identity Jamming & Digital Audio Production

Films

  • Chandu the Magician, dir. William Cameron Menzies & Marcel Varnel
  • Daisy Kenyon, dir. Otto Preminger
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, dir. Robert Aldrich
  • Into the Abyss, dir. Werner Herzog
  • Unga Sophie Bell (Young Sophie Bell), dir. Amanda Adolfsson
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, dir. Sydney Pollack
  • Film Socialisme, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
  • Ljubavni slučaj ili tragedija službenice P.T.T. (Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator), dir. Dušan Makavejev
  • Kailash – Pilgerfahrt zum Thron der Götter (Kailash: Pilgrimage to the Throne of the Gods), dir. Frank Fiedler & Florian Fricke
  • Storia di un riparatore (The Repairman), dir. Paolo Mitton
  • Mia madre, dir. Nanni Moretti

Exhibitions

  • Lanna Folklife Museum, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai Historical Centre, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Mai National Museum, Chiang Mai
  • “720th Year Chiang Mai Then ’Till Now,” Ching Mai House of Photography and Photographic Art
  • “The Serenity of Madness: A Selected Survey of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Works,” MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai
  • “Feeling the 1990s: Contemporary Art from Thailand and Its Neighbours from the Pipitmaya Collection,” MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai
  • “Chalongdej Kuphanumat: Spirit – Universe,” Chiang Mai University Art Center
  • “Aeta Dhammasil: Buddhist Art Exhibition 4th,” Chiang Mai University Art Center
  • “Unseen Siam: Early Photography 1860–1910,” BACC
  • “Pratuang Emjaroen: Traces and Trails,” BACC
  • “Trirat Sriburin: Building,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Korakrit Arunanondchai: 2012–2555, 2556, 2557,” Jim Thompson Art Center

august 16–31, 2016

Books

  • Kenneth Goldsmith, ed., I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews
  • Bernal Díaz del Castillo, The True History of the Conquest of New Spain, translated by Janet Burke and Ted Humphrey
  • Claire-Louise Bennett, Pond
  • Angela Carter, Fireworks
  • Maeve Butler, ed., For Tomorrow For Tonight: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Yuri Herrera, The Transmigration of Bodies, trans. Lisa Dillman
  • Angela Carter, The Magic Toyshop
  • Cyril Wong, The Lover’s Inventory
  • Pooja Nansi, Love Is an Empty Barstool
  • Geoff Dyer, The Search
  • Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus
  • Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince
  • Valeria Luiselli, Faces in the Crowd, trans. Christina MacSweeney
  • Geoff Dyer, The Colour of Memory
  • Philip K. Dick, Dr. Futurity
  • Philip K. Dick, The Crack in Space

Films

  • Queen of the Desert, directed by Werner Herzog
  • The Mummy’s Hand, dir. Christy Cabanne
  • Weiner, dir. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg

Exhibits

  • “Douglas Diaz: Surrender,” Serindia Gallery, Bangkok
  • “Manit Sriwanichpoom: Fear,” Kathmandu Photo Gallery
  • “Manit Sriwanichpoom: Fear,” Tang Contemporary Art
  • “Manit Sriwanichpoom: Fear,” H Gallery
  • “Gary Carsley: Scenes from the Life of Paris,” H Gallery Project Space
  • “Pam Virada: Three-Cornered World,” Tentacles
  • “Sutthirat Supaparinya: Ten Places in Tokyo,” Gallery Ver
  • “Nukoon Panyadee: My Journey,” Sathorn 11 Art Space

august 1–15, 2016

Books

  • Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic, translated by Olena Bormashenko
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven
  • Henry James, The Wings of the Dove
  • Geoff Dyer, White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World

Films

  • La Chienne, directed by Jean Renoir
  • The Chase, dir. Arthur Ripley

Exhibits

  • “Pablo O’Higgins. Oficio gráfico,” Museo Dolores Olmedo, Mexico City
  • Museo Nacional de Antropología
  • “B. Traven,” Museo de Arte Moderno
  • “La colleción Paul Westheim. El sentido de la forma,” Museo de Arte Moderno
  • “Boris Viskin. La belleza llegará después . . . ,” Museo de Arte Moderno
  • “Eduardo Sarabia. Serpiente emplumada y otros festejos,” Museo Rufino Tamayo
  • “Rufino Tamayo. Primeras décadas 1920–1959,” Museo Rufino Tamayo
  • “Los parques de Noguchi,” Museo Rufino Tamayo
  • “Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better,” Museo Jumex
  • Museo Soumaya
  • Templo Mayor
  • “Sensualidad y belleza: Antonio Canova & Mimmo Jodice,” Museo Nacional De San Carlos
  • “Charles Michel: posimpresionista belga in México,” Museo Nacional De San Carlos
  • “Arte europeo del siglo XIV a principios del siglo XX,” Museo Nacional De San Carlos
  • “Siphonophora. Thomas Glassford,” Museum Universitario del Chopo
  • “Modernidad pirateada,” Museum Universitario del Chopo
  • “Desde el fondo del tiempo. Mauro Giaconi,” Museum Universitario del Chopo
  • “Soup, Cosmos & Tears. Un proyecto de Daniel Guzmán,” Museum Universitario del Chopo
  • Museo de Geología
  • Zona arqueológica de Tlatelolco
  • Museo de sitio Tlatelolco, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco
  • “El viaje de los objetos: Fondo Exposición Internacional de Artesanías Populares de 1968,” Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco
  • Colección Stavenhagen, Centro Cultural Universitario Tlatelolco
  • Museo del Tecpan
  • “Martin Zet. Amor,” Ex Teresa Arte Actual
  • “Las Bestias Danzan, o El sigiloso conjuro de lo salvaje,” Ex Teresa Arte Actual
  • “​Imágenes para ver-te. Una exhibición sobre el racismo en México,” Museo de la Ciudad de México
  • “Cholombianos,” Museo de la Ciudad de México
  • “Luis Argudín. Diluvios,” Museo de la Ciudad de México
  • “José Luis Bustamante. El espiritú de la abstracción 1995–2016,” Museo José Luis Cuevas
  • “Rastros y vestigios,” Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso
  • “Loreto Villareal. Rasgos Comunes,” Museo Archivo de la Fotografía
  • “Luz Portátil,” Museo Archivo de la Fotografía
  • “Identidad Latinoamericana,” Museo Archivo de la Fotografía
  • “Antropofagia y modernidad. Arte brasileño en la Colección Fadel. 1908–1979,” Museo Nacional de Arte
  • “Territorio Ideal. José María Velasco. Perspectivas de una época,” Museo Nacional de Arte
  • “Donación de la familia Maples Arce Vermeersch,” Museo Nacional de Arte
  • “El saber gráfico,” Museo Nacional de la Estampa
  • “Con licencia eclesiástica: El impreso mexicano religioso de los siglos XIX y XX,” Museo Nacional de la Estampa
  • “Resonancias desde El jardín de las delicias. Una experiencia aural y de entropía,” Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
  • “Ejercicios exploratorios II. Creadoras contemporáneas En la colección MACG,” Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
  • “Carla Rippey. Resguardo y resistencia.Exposición retrospectiva 1976–2016,” Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
  • “Omar Guerra. Fragmentaciones temporales,” Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil
  • Espacio Escultórico, UNAM
  • “Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life,” Broad, Los Angeles
  • “The Art of Our Time,” MOCA, Los Angeles
  • “Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun,” MOCA, Los Angeles
  • “Agnes Martin,” LACMA
  • “Apostles of Nature: Jugendstil and Art Nouveau,” LACMA
  • “Picasso and His Printers,” LACMA
  • “Catherine Opie: O,” LACMA
  • “Senses of Time: Video and Film-Based Works of Africa,” LACMA
  • “Revealing Creation: The Science and Art of Ancient Maya Ceramics,” LACMA

july 16–31, 2016

Books

  • Francisco Goldman, The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle
  • Georges Simenon, In Case of Emergency, translated by Helen Sebba
  • Georges Simenon, The Little Man from Archangel, trans. Nigel Ryan
  • Amie Barrodale, You Are Having a Good Time
  • Unica Zürn, The Trumpets of Jericho, trans. Christina Svendsen

Exhibits

  • “Anish Kapoor: Arqueología, Biología,” Museo Universitaria Arte Contemporánea
  • “Isaac Julien: Playtime & Kapital,” Museo Universitaria Arte Contemporánea
  • “Si tiene dudas . . . pregunte: Una exposición retrocolectiva de Mónica Mayer,” Museo Universitaria Arte Contemporánea
  • “Correspondencias: Archivos y fondos de Cenidiap” Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo
  • “La casa irracional. Pedro Friedeberg, arte y diseño,” Museo Franz Mayer
  • “Ladislav Struhár. Eslovaquia Mágica,” Museo Franz Mayer
  • “Dechados de virtud. Bordados y deshilados,” Museo Franz Mayer
  • Museo del Templo Mayor
  • Museo de Arte Popular
  • Museo Internacional del Barroco, Puebla
  • “El murmullo de los rostros. Paul Strand en México,” Museo Amparo, Puebla
  • “Nuevos Territorios. Laboratorios de diseño, artesanía y arte en América Latina,” Museo Amparo, Puebla
  • Fundación Herdez, Mexico City
  • Casa Gilardi, Mexico City
  • “Wilfredo Prieto: No se puede hacer una revolución con guantes de seda,” Kurimanzutto
  • Museo Nacional de Historia, Mexico City
  • Museo Nacional de Antropología
  • “Erotismos: La vida íntima de los objetos,” Museo del Objecto del Objecto
  • “Rigel Herrera: El jardín de las delicias,” Traeger & Pinto

july 1–15, 2016

Books

  • Chester Himes, If He Hollers Let Him Go
  • Stella Gibbons, Cold Comfort Farm
  • Evelyn Waugh, A Handful of Dust
  • Evelyn Waugh, Black Mischief
  • Svetlana Alexeivich,Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, translated by Keith Gessen
  • Georges Simenon, Chez Krull, trans. Daphne Woodward
  • Henry James, The Sacred Fount
  • Georges Simenon, The Train, trans. Robert Baldick
  • Yuri Herrera, Signs Preceding the End of the World, trans. Lisa Dillman

Films

  • Tarzan The Ape Man, directed by W. S. Van Dyke
  • Tarzan and His Mate, dir. Cedric Gibbons

june 16–30, 2016

Books

  • Virgil, Aeneid Book VI, translated by Seamus Heaney
  • Danielle Dutton, Margaret the First
  • Nick Sousanis,Unflattening
  • Danielle Dutton, Sprawl
  • Etel Adnan, Sitt Marie Rose: A Novel, trans. Georgina Kleege
  • John Horne Burns, The Gallery
  • Chris Marker, Coréennes, trans. Brian Holmes
  • Frederik Pohl & Cyril M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants

Films

  • Klute, directed by Alan Pakula
  • Koyaanisqatsi, dir. Godfrey Reggio
  • Attenberg, dir. Athina Rachel Tsangari
  • Get Carter, dir. Mike Hodges
  • L’ère industrielle: Métamorphoses du paysage, dir. Éric Rohmer

Exhibits

  • “Love and Relationship: The 5th White Elephant Art Award Exhibition,” BACC
  • “Thailand Eye,” BACC
  • “Omnivoyeur and Electrical Walks Bangkok Electromagnetic Sound and Visual Project,” BACC
  • “Look Young Art Thesis Exhibition 2015,” BACC
  • “Suwon Chumphene & Panom Changnanok: Mind-Desire,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Thanan Klintapaneeyakul: Simply Nature,” People’s Gallery, BACC
  • “Look: Anais Descarpenterie, Chaiwat Wiansantia, Thanatcha Chairin, Kanjana Chonsiri,” Bridge Art Space

to reactivate for a second

“Travelling does not help us much in understanding (I’ve known this for a while; I did not need to come to the Far East to convince myself that this was true) but it does serve to reactivate for a second the use of our eyes, the visual reading of the world.”

(Italo Calvino, “The Old Woman in the Purple Kimono,” p. 154 in Collection of Sand, trans. Martin McLaughlin.)

june 1–15, 2016

Books

  • Marguerite Young, Angel in the Forest: A Fairy Tale of Two Utopias
  • A. R. Luria, Cognitive Development: Its Cultural and Social Foundations, trans. Martin Lopez-Morillas & Lynn Solotaroff
  • A. R. Luria, The Mind of a Mnemonist: A Little Book about a Vast Memory, trans. Lynn Solotaroff

Films

  • Joy, directed by David O. Russell

Exhibits

  • “Roman Wall Painting in Pompeii,” Mori Arts Center Gallery, Tokyo
  • “Sho Shou Exhibition,” The National Arts Center, Tokyo
  • “Nihon Jiyūgadan Sumie Exhibition,” The National Arts Center, Tokyo