Repair | Spring 2021

Spring 2021 Public Programs and Engagement

Kantha quilt by Cynthia Director

Kantha is a quilting tradition of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India, in which pieces of worn fabric—often from saris or dhotis—are layered, embroidered, and held together with running stitches. Detail of Borås Westbourne Bombay Garden. Quilted by Cynthia Director,

Traversing media and disciplines, the Spring 2021 season of Public Programs and Engagement at Columbia University School of the Arts continues to focus on the concept of Repair.

Conversations, films, events, and performance will explore creative practices that engage social and political initiatives committed to reimagining and transforming frayed relationships between humans, other species, the planet, and ourselves.

Produced in collaboration with:

  • Center for Mexican Studies
  • Columbia Alumni Association
  • Columbia Global Centers
  • Columbia World Projects
  • The Earth Institute
  • The Forum
  • Institute for Latin American Studies
  • Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C.
  • Mother Tongue Film Festival, Smithsonian
  • The Working Group on Environmental Justice, Belief Systems, and Aesthetic Experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean

All virtual events will be closed captioned. 

Schedule of Events

artwork by Aliza Nisenbaum for the NHS
Complex Issues: Painting the NHS

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 6:30pm ET

Aliza Nisenbaum, Visual Arts, and Tom Kalin, Film, discuss the solo exhibition, Aliza Nisenbaum, on display at Tate Liverpool. Introduced by Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts.

still from The White Tiger film
'The White Tiger'

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6:30pm ET

An “epic journey of a poor Indian driver who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap.” –Netflix

Ramin Bahrani (CC '96) discusses his new film, The White Tiger, with Hamid Dabashi, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies.

still from Tote Abuelo Grandfather film

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 6:30pm ET

A Tzotzil filmmaker documents the unexpected encounter between a grandfather and his granddaughter.

Kit Noir logo
Kit Noir Film Festival

Border Incidents: The US-Mexico Border in Film Noir
March 11-21, 2021

Featuring the films Touch of EvilBorder Incident, and Where Danger Lives, and a roundtable with Jonathan AuerbachHomi BhabhaJonathan RyanMargarita de Orellana, and Rob King, Film and Media Studies.

Phillip Lopate
A Celebration of American Essays

Tuesday April 6, 2021, 6:30pm ET

Phillip Lopate (CC '64) and Brenda Wineapple discuss Lopate's monumental new anthologies.

Black Futures book
'Black Futures'

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 6:30pm ET

"What does it mean to be Black and alive right now?" Kimberly DrewJenna Wortham, and Margo Jefferson ’71 (JRN) in conversation.

'Release the Horses (fka hydra)'
'Release the Horses (fka hydra)'

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 7:30 pm ET

A dance that considers the instability and malleability of water as a way of framing constant change.

work by Maya Lin
Maya Lin

Thursday, June 10, 12:00 pm

A presentation of new and major works by Maya LinMapping the Future and Ghost Forest.

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