What are Columbia Artists Doing 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. 

Celebration of 2020 School of the Arts Graduates

Daan Roosegaarde: What are you working on now?

Daan Roosegaarde: What are you working on now?

May 21, 2020

Over the course of three evenings in October 2019, nearly 10,000 people came to the Lenfest Center for the Arts to experience WATERLICHT, a site-specific, large-scale light installation, by the brilliant artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde.

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Ann Hamilton: What are you working on now?

Ann Hamilton: What are you working on now?

May 13, 2020

Visual artist Ann Hamilton is internationally acclaimed for her large-scale multimedia installations, public projects, and performance collaborations.

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Khari Turner '21: What Are You Thinking About Now?

Khari Turner '21: What Are You Thinking About Now?

May 12, 2020

Current student Khari Turner, Visual Arts, sat down with his roommate Po-Yu Chen, Film Directing, to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his work. Their light filled apartment has turned into Turner’s art studio.

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John Turturro, Award-Winning Actor from ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and ‘The Big Lebowski,’ Will Address School of the Arts Graduates Online

John Turturro, Award-Winning Actor from ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and ‘The Big Lebowski,’ Will Address School of the Arts Graduates Online

May 7, 2020

Carol Becker, Dean of Faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts, has announced that John Turturro, the award-winning actor best known for his roles in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Big Lebowski, will be the speaker at the School’s virtual recognition of graduates, to

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Nadia Gaber and Jim Olson: What are you working on now?

Nadia Gaber and Jim Olson: What are you working on now?

May 5, 2020

We asked Michigan-based water activists Nadia Gaber and Jim Olson what they are working on and what they are thinking about now. Gaber is a medical anthropologist and member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective.

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Orhan Pamuk: What are you working on now?

Orhan Pamuk: What are you working on now?

April 29, 2020

We asked Nobel Laureate and Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Professor Orhan Pamuk what he is working on and what he is thinking about now. Remarkably, he has for some time been writing a new novel called Nights of Plague. 

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Olafur Eliasson: What are you working on now?

Olafur Eliasson: What are you working on now?

April 29, 2020

On Earth Day 2020, the School of the Arts launches a new interview series with past visiting artists and thinkers. Renowned Danish-Icelandic visual artist Olafur Eliasson presented his work for the Columbia World Leaders Forum on September 26, 2019.

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‘South Mountain’ by Film Chair Hilary Brougher Scheduled for Digital Release in Light of Pandemic

‘South Mountain’ by Film Chair Hilary Brougher Scheduled for Digital Release in Light of Pandemic

April 25, 2020

Brougher writes: "This movie we made at home will release May 5 on VOD, foregoing the impartial space of a theater, broaching the intimacy of your own home."

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