Where Art Thou: Arts, Assemble!

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So this is an astronaut, still technically on Earth, walking along a ramp in the sky?

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.

On Campus:

  • Continuing their Cinema of Resistance series, the Maison Française is hosting a screening of The Assembly (L’Assemblée) from 6:30-9:00 pm on Tuesday night. The film, directed by Mariana Otero, is about the Nuit Debout (Arise at Night) protests of March 2016 in Paris. These protests marked the first time that a grassroots political organization was able to create a “democratic assembly” protest. The film screening will be followed by a group discussion.
  • Thursday night, stop by Miller Theatre to see Mahan Esfahani perform Goldberg Variations, the 1741 Bach aria. Esfahani will be playing harpsichord to present this beautiful classical piece. Tickets range from $35-$55, which you can buy here.
  • This Friday night in the Sulz Parlor, come listen to the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers perform with the Elqui Trio. The Elqui Trio is a group of musicians with South American roots whose repertoire encompasses everything from classical musical to South American folk music. Together, the singers will perform an exciting array of South American songs. The show starts at 8 pm!
  • Next weekend (Oct 27 and 28) is the Columbia University Players Annual One Act Festival. This year, the three one-act plays featured are Boy Meets Girl (a love story about two five-year-olds), Heart’s Desire (two parents wait for their daughter to return home), and Removing the Glove (a coming of age story about being left handed). You can check out the Facebook event here!

Off Campus:

  • Opening on Sunday at the MoMA PS1 is a new exhibit by Carolee Schneemann called Kinetic Painting. Schneemann’s work throughout the late 20th century has explored “subjectivity, the social construction of the female body, and the cultural biases of art history.” The exhibit features many of Schneemann’s avant-garde paintings from the 1950’s to the 2000’s. The exhibit will be featured at the MoMA PS1 through early March.
  • Opening today at Postmasters in Chinatown is Serkan Özkaya’s We Will Wait, a reinterpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés. Posmasters calls Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés “an elaborately detailed and beautifully disturbing room—encompassing tableau, which could be peered upon through two peepholes in a wooden door, enclosing the illuminated scene within.” Özkaya has created a replica of Étant donnés, which you can find at Postmasters until November 25.
  • Yesterday at the Whitney, Toyin Ojih Odutola opened her first solo exhibition. This exhibit, titled To Wander Determined, is comprised of large scale portrait paintings of fictional characters imagined by Odutola herself. According to the exhibit description, “Highly attentive to detail and the nuances of space, class, and color—whether of palette or skin—Ojih Odutola continues her examinations of narrative, authenticity, and representation.”

Wild astronaut man image from CUP Facebook Page

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