Public Programs

With every season of Public Programs, Columbia University School of the Arts offers a lively forum for the exchange of ideas among practitioners, students, scholars and the public. This fall, you're invited to join the conversation. more→

The Fall 2015 Public Programs calendar is currently under development. Stay tuned for updates.
Rosemary Lee, Ascending Fields 1992 (photo by Hugo Glendinning)
Adrian Heathfield & André Lepecki
Afterlives: The Persistence of Performance

Fri, Sept 25 – Sun, Sept 27
FIAF & The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Artists, curators, and thinkers gather over three days to present talks and stage intensive conversations on vital issues for contemporary performance practice.

Performance is increasingly documented, archived, institutionally incorporated, and globally disseminated. While its ephemerality is often celebrated, it binds performance to its many returns, its mediations, and afterlives. Now criticism is focused more on the recurrence and persistence of performance than on its disappearance. Whether a performance lingers as vague memories, oral legend, transmitted techniques, or as an infrastructure of feeling, performance’s material remains support and project its continuing radical inclinations. Participants will rethink how performance matters and persists in time.
Upcoming Events
Luc Sante
Luc Sante
Thurs, Sept 24, 7 pm
501 Dodge Hall
NEWS // 1971 Coming to Theatres
posted February 3, 2015
Johanna Hamilton's 1971, which was produced by Film faculty Maureen Ryan ('92) and adjunct Marilyn Ness, comes to theatres this week. The film screened in fall 2014, as part of the season of Public Programs. Watch the full video below.
NEWS // Bernofsky, Mizrahi Keep the Flute Magic
posted November 21, 2014
The Magic Flute is one of the most well-known operas in the world. With its fairy-tale overtones of good and evil, its love stories and musical themes, including the notoriously challenging Queen of the Night Aria, it appeals to a wide audience. It is one of the world's most frequently performed operas, and it is often used to introduce children to operatic form.

Still, despite its popularity, The Magic Flute rests on dated values and assumptions, which presented a challenge for designer Isaac Mizrahi and literary translator Susan Bernofsky (Faculty) when they created a new production of the opera.
VIDEO // Geographies of Incarceration: A 21st-Century Teach-In
posted October 3, 2013
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