Where Art Thou: The City And The Self
Written by Sarah Kinney
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
- Love performing arts and looking to broaden your horizons? Then stop by Prentis Hall room 101 on Tuesday at 4 pm for Swallowing and Spitting History, a workshop exploring contemporary and experimental practices in Japanese performing arts. The event is free, but make sure to register here.
- Sometimes we undergrads forget that graduate students at the Columbia School of the Arts are often putting on incredible shows all over campus. This Wednesday through Saturday, check out Acting Thesis: The Seagull in the flexible performance space at the Lenfast Center for the Arts. The show reinterprets Chekhov’s famous play with a modern twist.
- This Thursday, head on over to the Maison Française to check out the newest film screening in their Cinema of Resistance series, Tahrir: Liberation Square. This 90 minute film portrays the lives of individuals involved in modern resistance movements in Egypt. After the film there will be a panel discussion with the director, Stefano Savona.
- Friday night is Night Market, Columbia’s famous fall event where students transform Low Plaza into a dazzling East Asian Night Market! This year’s festival will feature performances by CU Generation, Columbia Wushu, and Columbia Raas. Starting at 6 pm, head over to eat some delicious food and watch some incredible shows!
- Thursday night from 6-8 pm is Free College Night at the Morgan Library and Museum! Explore the museum and have personal conversations with the staff, even get a chance to make some of your own sketches with Drawing New York. The event is free, but they request you RSVP online.
- Also on Thursday is the opening of Ai WeiWei’s much anticipated NYC public art installation, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors. The exhibit consists of numerous large-scale public art installations all around the city, from Washington Square park to Cooper Union to Central Park. With his installations, Ai WeiWei is exploring the current migration crises happening all over the world. Read more about the exhibit here, as well as find out where all the art pieces are located.
Night Market poster via their Facebook event