PRINT December 2018


Amy Taubin

1 ADRIAN PIPER (Museum of Modern Art, New York; curated by Christophe Cherix, Connie Butler, and David Platzker, with Tessa Ferreyros) Thanks not only to the great Funk Lessons video, 1983–84, but to the way the entire installation let the viewer journey through the narrative of her life in art, Piper’s retrospective was, for me, a movie and more.

THE IMAGE BOOK (Jean-Luc Godard) As befits a dying planet, in Godard’s scorched-earth film, montage stutters, memory frays, and yet the will to look, listen, and make art survives.

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma, 2018, 6.5K video, black-and-white, sound, 135 minutes. Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), Pepe (Marco Graf), and Sofi (Daniela Demesa).

ROMA (Alfonso Cuarón) A masterpiece of old-fashioned narrative moviemaking, Cuarón’s Roma is all the better for depicting two devoted mothers, both lovingly rendered by this time-traveling visual historian and cinematic magician.

Boots Riley, Sorry to Bother You, 2018, 2K video, color, sound, 111 minutes. Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield).

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (Boots Riley) Riley’s African American magical realism is terrifying, hilarious, visionary,

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