The Office of Public Programs and Engagement

GAVIN BROWNING, Director of Public Programs and Engagement

The Office of Public Programs and Engagement at Columbia University School of the Arts creates interdisciplinary dialogue through lectures, symposia, readings, film screenings, exhibitions, performances, site visits, and more. Conversations and events take place in cooperation with the Film, Theatre, Writing, Visual Arts, and Sound Arts Programs, the Arts Initiative, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, campus groups, and the city. Since the School of the Arts opened The Lenfest Center for the Arts on West 125th Street on the Manhattanville campus, the Office of Public Programs and Engagement has continued to offer an array of activity that strengthens local partnerships while highlighting contemporary scholarship, global perspectives, and compelling voices of our time.

Upcoming Events

October 10

Directing Thesis: Big Love

Flexible Performance Space
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 8:00 PM

Fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in a villa on the coast of Italy in this modern re-making of one of the western world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus. And, in this villa on the Italian coast, the fifty grooms catch up with the brides, and mayhem ensues: the grooms arriving by helicopter in their flight suits, women throwing themselves over and over again to the ground, pop songs and romantic dances, and, finally, unable to escape their forced marriages, 49 of the brides murder 49 of the grooms-and one bride falls in love.


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October 11

Directing Thesis: Cabaret

Flexible Performance Space
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027 8:00 PM

Cabaret explores the tumultuous life of 1930s Berlin as Germany slowly yields to an emerging nationalism. A classic musical that still resonates today, this production embraces the concept of Queer Utopia to construct a space of community and resistance in the face of catastrophic forces. For Oscar Wilde once said, "A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at.


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October 22

WATERLICHT

Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 7:30 PM

WATERLICHT is a site-wide large-scale light installation by acclaimed Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde. Translated as “Water Light,” WATERLICHT is an immersive light installation and monumental public art event that illuminates the power and poetry of water, while raising awareness about rising water levels.


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