Columbia Arts Now

In March, 2020 all events were canceled or postponed due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. However, artists did not stop creating. Below are a number of events, announcements, interviews, and more with Columbia artists who have taken to the virtual world to keep on creating and connecting. 

Faculty and Alumni Featured in Group Exhibition ‘100 Drawings from Now’
Faculty and Alumni Featured in Group Exhibition ‘100 Drawings from Now’ October 12, 2020

Assistant Professor Aliza Nisenbaum, Professor Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Adjunct Assistant Professor Gina Beavers are featured alongside Alumni Uri Aran ’07 and Mika Rottenberg ’04 in the group exhibition 100 Drawings from Now in New York, NY at The Drawing Center.

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Short Plays by Theatre Alumnus Jeffrey James Keyes '10 Adapted for Podcast

Short Plays by Theatre Alumnus Jeffrey James Keyes '10 Adapted for Podcast

October 9, 2020

The plays unfold in a supernatural, paranormal realm, and they are designed to be heard via headphones for maximum auditory immersion.

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B·O·N·D International Virtual Live Performance Festival

B·O·N·D International Virtual Live Performance Festival

October 5, 2020

The festival, in which Dramaturgy student Yibin (Bill) Wang serves as Associate Director of the Artistic Department, aims to provide a virtual stage for creators while they are at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to soften the restrictions brought by distance. 

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‘Dinner 4 3’ Opera by Professor Deborah Brevoort

‘Dinner 4 3’ Opera by Professor Deborah Brevoort

October 5, 2020

Dinner 4 3  is an opera inspired by Boccaccio’s The Decameron (Day 5, Story 10).

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NEON to Release Alumna Directed and Produced Film about Government Response to COVID-19

NEON to Release Alumna Directed and Produced Film about Government Response to COVID-19

October 5, 2020

The documentary, Totally Under Control, chronicling the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, co-directed and produced by alumna Ophelia Harutyunyan ’15.

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‘FAT’ Penned and Performed by Theatre Student Greg T. Nanni

‘FAT’ Penned and Performed by Theatre Student Greg T. Nanni

September 30, 2020

“You’ve seen vaudeville acts. You’ve seen comedies where fat people fall. Now come and witness a daring vaudeville comedy act starring a Fat person. Enter, if you dare,” warns playwriting student Greg T. Nanni who stars in his one man show FAT.

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The School of the Arts Launches a Season of 'Repair'

The School of the Arts Launches a Season of 'Repair'

September 25, 2020

Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty at the School of the Arts, discusses the 2020-2021 Public Programs and Engagement season--Repair.

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'One Second Per Second' by Alumna and Professor Dana Lok '15 on Display at PAGE (NYC)

'One Second Per Second' by Alumna and Professor Dana Lok '15 on Display at PAGE (NYC)

September 18, 2020

Lok’s series of paintings explores the heavy complexity inherent in the metaphor “time takes up space.”

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Film Students Create Feature Film 'Banishment' During Pandemic

Film Students Create Feature Film 'Banishment' During Pandemic

September 3, 2020

After establishing safe production protocols including quarantining, mask-wearing on set and social distancing, the feature film Banishment, co-written and directed by Daniel Byers and produced by Werner Traut, shot in Upstate New York. 

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Docu-Play about the Pandemic Premieres with Alumna Janelle Caso '17 as Stage Manager

Docu-Play about the Pandemic Premieres with Alumna Janelle Caso '17 as Stage Manager

September 3, 2020

Crafted from first hand interviews with New York City medical first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Line is a documentary play that explores the lived experiences of frontline medical workers in New York as they battle to save lives in a system built to serve the bottom line.

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‘Finish the Fight’ by Alumna and Professor Ming Peiffer ’16 Commissioned by ‘The New York Times’

‘Finish the Fight’ by Alumna and Professor Ming Peiffer ’16 Commissioned by ‘The New York Times’

August 18, 2020

The digital theatre performance will premiere virtually at 7 pm on Tuesday, August 18, which marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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