Alone Together in Taipei
Intimacy in Tsai Ming-liang’s films is an elusive possession, but the desire for it is constant and always particular.
a film written and directed by Tsai Ming-liang
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
a film written and directed by Tsai Ming-liang, restored by the Cinematek–Royal Belgian Film Archive and Homegreen Films
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
by Nick Pinkerton
Tsai Ming-liang 2020
a traveling retrospective at Doc Films, Chicago, January 10–March 15, 2020; the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York City (currently postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions)
June 10, 2021 issue
‘Don’t Write on Here, Bad Girl’
Over sixty years, Yvonne Rainer has made an art of bringing a deadpan comic tone to strenuous scenes of bodily exertion, political struggle, emotional strain, and taxing thought.
by Yvonne Rainer
Parts of Some Sextets, 1965/2019
a performance by Yvonne Rainer at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, New York City, November 15–17, 2019
Again? Now What?
a performance by Yvonne Rainer at New York Live Arts, New York City, November 21–23, 2019
April 23, 2020 issue
Wild, Blooming Facts
Manny Farber: Paintings and Writings
edited by Michael Almereyda, Jonathan Lethem, and Robert Polito
One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art
an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, October 14, 2018–March 11, 2019
June 6, 2019 issue
Chris Marker, Always Moving
In his films, writings, and other projects, Marker kept returning to the matter of what it meant to live a happy life.
Chris Marker, les 7 vies d’un cinéaste
an exhibition at the Cinémathèque française, Paris, May 3–July 29, 2018; and the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, September 19, 2018–January 6, 2019
April 4, 2019 issue
A Hard Road Home
The films of Chantal Akerman
a series of forty-five films at the Cinémathèque Française, Paris, January 31–March 2, 2018
May 24, 2018 issue
Claire Denis’s Chemical Reactions
To want to get close to another person, in Claire Denis’s world, is to venture into strange and unknown territory. In her new film Un beau soleil intérieur, Isabelle (Juliette Binoche), a divorced middle-aged painter, looks for a passionate, enduring love.
April 27, 2018
The Chevalier of Disquiet
The Book of Disquiet
by Fernando Pessoa, edited by Jerónimo Pizarro, and translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa
November 23, 2017 issue
Stan Brakhage: More Light
Stan Brakhage’s movies could be abstractions made by painting, scratching, or collaging directly onto the film stock itself, or intimate records of his family life. There is a disquieting tension in many of the films he made about his family during his first marriage.
June 8, 2017
Born to Sing the Gospel
A tone often emerges in Washington Phillips’s songs—a sense of vulnerability that undercuts the confidence his sermons project. The figures in his songs, as in many prewar gospel recordings, tend to be persecuted and burdened, doomed to roam a world of “sin and woe.”
December 17, 2016