april 1–april 15

Books

  • Alan Singer, The Inquisitor’s Tongue
  • Massimo Bontempelli, Separations: Two Novels of Mothers and Children, trans. Estelle Gilson
  • João Fernandes, François Piron, Patrick Besnier & Annie Le Brun, eds., Locus Solus. Impressions of Raymond Roussel

Films

  • L’amour à mort (Love unto Death), directed by Alain Resnais
  • Melancholia, dir. Lars von Trier
  • Another Earth, dir. Mike Cahill
  • A Dangerous Method, dir. David Cronenberg
  • Giulietta degli spiriti (Juliet of the Spirits), dir. Federico Fellini

Exhibits

  • “Beryl Korot: Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present,” Bitforms
  • “Michelangelo Pistoletto: Lavoro,” Luhring Augustine
  • “Speakers’ Corners,” Eyebeam
  • “Mamiko Otsubo: Idea/Equivalent,” Horton Gallery
  • “John Evans: 1984,” Pavel Zoubok
  • “Guðjón Ketilsson: Extensions of the Head: sculptures & works on paper,” Luise Ross
  • “Iran do Espírito Santo,” Sean Kelly Gallery

reductive arguments

“Coming away from a violent discussion at Magny’s, my heart pounding in my breast, my throat and tongue parched, I feel convinced that every political argument boils down to this: ‘I am better than you are’, every literary argument to this: ‘I have more taste than you’, every argument about art to this: ‘I have better eyes than you’, every argument about music to this: ‘I have a finer eat than you’. It is alarming to see how, in every discussion, we are always alone and never make converts. Perhaps that is why God made us two.”

(Edmond & Jules de Goncourt, journal entry for 8 June 1863, trans. Robert Baldick.)

march 16–march 31

Books

  • Tommaso Landolfi, Gogol’s Wife & Other Stories, trans. Raymond Rosenthal, John Longrigg & Wayland Young
  • Tommaso Landolfi, Words in Commotion, and Other Stories, trans. Kathrine Jason
  • Tommaso Landolfi, An Autumn Story, trans. Joachim Neugroschel
  • Rachel Levitsky, Under the Sun
  • Harry Thurston, A Ship Portrait
  • Anne Carson, Glass, Irony & God
  • Edmund White, Jack Holmes & His Friend
  • Siddhartha Deb, The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India
  • Julio Cortázar, A Change of Light, and other stories
  • Alison Knowles, Spoken Text
  • Alison Knowles, Footnotes: collage journal 30 years

Films

  • Meek’s Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt
  • Only Angels Have Wings, dir. Howard Hawks
  • Götter der Pest (Gods of the Plague), dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • La vie est un roman (Life Is a Bed of Roses), dir. Alain Resnais
  • On Approval, dir. Clive Brook
  • La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In), dir. Pedro Almodóvar

Exhibits

  • “Eugène Atget: Documents pour artistes,” MoMA
  • “Exquisite Corpses: Drawing and Disfiguration,” MoMA
  • “Print/Out,” MoMA
  • “Millennium Magazines,” MoMA
  • “Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,” Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
  • “Rembrandt and Degas: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” Met
  • “Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video,” Met
  • “Natalie Czech: ‘I have nothing to say. Only to show.’ ” Ludlow 38